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Breaking the wall in Chicago

Over the past few years, the civic innovation movement has grown tremendously. It’s exploded really. Ten years ago, who would have imagined that Chicago would be a national leader in open government data?

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Chicago launches first comprehensive, public data dictionary

Today the City of Chicago launched the City of Chicago Data Dictionary, a single, comprehensive database catalog for the City of Chicago and City of Chicago sister agencies.

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Chicago’s effort to grow our own talent

In recent months, we’ve highlighted several efforts to teach young people how to code and about technology. These efforts have included Englewood Codes, Civic Summer and Adler Planetarium’s Youth Hackathon.

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Data Challenge Spotlight: Visualizing Health Reform

Visualizing Health Reform is the go-to source for factual, easy-to-understand information on health care reform in Illinois.

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Chicago and Open 311 (VIDEO)

Great video from the Chicago mayor’s office on their Open 311 deployment.

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Opening Chicago with CTO John Tolva

Chicago Chief Technology Officer John Tolva joins us to discuss the city’s open data and open311 initiatives, as well as its work with Code for America.

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Five open data visualizations from Cook County (IL)

Here are five visualizations from the new Cook County (IL) open data catalog.

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Building a local government open data portal

Gov 2.0 Radio hosts Adriel Hampton and Allison Hornery talked with Cook County Deputy Director of New Media Sebastian James about the launch of Data.cookcountyil.gov.

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GovFreshTV: Q&A with Chicago CTO John Tolva

During last week’s Code for America 2011 Summit, I sat down with Chicago Chief Technology Officer John Tolva and asked him about his current IT initiatives, challenges and lessons learned.

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Beautiful budgets? Look at Cook

Developed and designed by Derek Eder and Nick Rougeux, open data and visualization project Look at Cook was created in collaboration with Cook County (IL) Commissioner John Fritchey to bring aesthetics to the county’s budget and expenses.

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