City, County, State Partner for New Metro Chicago Data Portal

The state of Illinois, the city of Chicago, and Cook County have developed and launched the Metro Chicago Data Portal. A centralized data portal intended to break down barriers between siloed state and regional government data sets and provide more access to government services for Chicago area residents.

MetroChicagoData.com provides data into common categories such as economic development, education, environment, health & human services, parks & recreation, public safety and transportation.

“This unprecedented initiative will foster innovation, economic development, and more efficient delivery of services,” said Mayor Emanuel. “When we break down bureaucracies and our governments work together, we open new doors for our constituents.”

The new metro portal is developed and managed by Socrata and uses their Open Data API protocol or SODA, allowing developers to access data in the most appropriate format either as download or via API. Socrata provides a federated approach to data, and the Metro Chicago Data portal pulls from data.cityofchicago.org, data.cookcountyil.gov and data.illinois.gov.

While there are any cities like NYCChicagoBaltimoreSeattleSan Francisco, and New Orleans, and states like Oregon and Oklahoma who have deployed open data portals using Socrata, the Metro Chicago Data portal is the first of its kind to provide federated access to city, county and states in a single location.

Hopefully we’ll see more efforts like this to increase government transparency.

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