Illinois is a leader in open data. The city of Chicago has a robust and well-maintained data portal with nearly 1,000 data sets regarding everything from Condom Distribution Sites to High School Progress Reports. We’ve recently included a few of these lists that may be interesting to service providers on the WIRE’s Additional Information page. The full list includes:
- Affordable Rental Housing Developments
- City Workforce Centers
- Community Service Centers
- Condom Distribution Sites
- Connect Chicago Locations (Map) — Connect Chicago is a network of locations in the city that provide free computer and internet access, online learning resources, and training in digital skills.
- Libraries – Locations, Hours and Contact Information (Map)
- Map of Grocery Stores (2013)
- Mental Health Clinics
- Women, Infant, Children Health Clinics — WIC is a federally funded program providing nutritious foods and counseling to eligible pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, children and infants.
- Workforce Centers
- Youth Centers
- Chicago Public Schools, Elementary School Progress Report (2013-2014)
- Chicago Public Schools, High School Progress Report (2013-2014)
- Census Data — Selected socioeconomic indicators in Chicago, 2008 – 2012
- Public Health Statistics — Life Expectancy by Race and Gender
- Public Health Statistics — Selected public health indicators by Chicago community area
These data portals have useful and interesting information for those with the time to sort through all of the data sets. But they are only the beginning of what is to come. In 2013, Illinois set new priorities for transparency through technology. Transparent data is the foundation that hints at bigger changes. Obviously more government data online means more information for the public. Over time, this information will also translate into new ways of interacting with our government, as the clunky lists on data portals turn into apps on our phones or streamlined applications online.
Open data is changing a lot already, and will continue to disrupt the way we get information from and interact with our governments. In the meantime, it is also just fun to explore.