"Taste of Chicago Blue Hour" by Justin Kern and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Chicago finished another phase on its commitment for paperless permits. You can now apply for business permits completely online with no need to follow-up at City Hall.

Chicago’s food inspection team uses a free, open source predictive algorithm to dispatch food inspectors. But it’s when a small start-up used the code for other governments is when it got interesting.

The city’s Chief Data Officer, Tom Schenk, spoke at Amazon Web Service’s DC Summit about OpenGrid and how it helps provide greater transparency and improves city operations.

City of Chicago is big user and producer of open source software, including for the R statistical suite. Watch one of the city’s data scientists gave a talk at the worldwide R user meeting on the city analytics projects.

Another month means another version of OpenGrid is available for the public. This month, the release includes some usability improvements and some technical API improvements. For developers, you can download OpenGrid v1.1.0 from the GitHub page.

AT&T named Chicago one of of the spotlight cities for AT&T’s smart city framework. As part of that, AT&T will be the wireless network used by the Array of Things to carry data from each sensor to the open data portal.

Image credits: “Taste of Chicago Blue Hour” by Justin Kern and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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