OpenGrid, a new website and mobile app that maps and visualizes city data for Chicago residents, was announced and released today by the City of Chicago. The project, funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, was built in partnership with researchers at the CI's Urban Center for Computation and Data and uses their Plenario open data platform.
The rapidly growing torrent of data openly released by governments offers incredible new potential for policy, research, and public engagement with cities. But as governments increasingly turn to advanced analytics to guide operations, officials and researchers need more powerful tools to find data-driven solutions to the complex problems that face urban areas.
The latest innovations in big data and computation don’t just change the tech world, they also push forward the frontiers of science. With tools such as cloud computing, urban sensors, and machine learning, scientists are asking important questions and finding new discoveries in medicine, urban studies, biology, astronomy, and beyond. Researchers from the Computation Institute, a joint initiative of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, will discuss these advances at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), running February 13th through 17th in Chicago.