Chicago: City of Big Data

If you read my previous blog post and are looking for more, or if you're otherwise interested in Big Data, there's plenty for you to do in Chicago as both learner and participant.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting an exciting exhibit on the use of Big Data in Chicago.  Through interactive displays and 3D models, Chicago: City of Big Data utilizes sources ranging from Twitter to Divvy and invites attendees to explore the use of Big Data in urban design. The exhibit is free to the public and open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily at the CAF Atrium Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Avenue.

Looking to utilize Big Data in your own research?  Check out the Chicago Data Portal.  Gain access to over 200 regularly updated datasets about City departments, services, facilities and performance.  Datasets range from information on potholes patched to CTA ridership.  This information can also be helpful in its most practical and accessible forms, such as maps of Divvy docks and police stations.

Before jumping into this world, you may want to read up on it.  If you'd like some context for either the Chicago Data Portal or the CAF's Exhibit, check out my blog post on Big Data reads.

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