Plenario, a new platform for accessing, combining, downloading, and visualizing datasets released by city, county, state, and federal governments, offers a user-friendly and powerful interface to push data-driven urban research beyond spreadsheets and towards deeper insights and solutions. An alpha version of the platform is now available for public use at http://plenar.io.
On November 20th, representatives of those fields gathered onstage for Chicago: City of Big Data, a UChicago Discovery Series panel discussion of research and educational efforts focused on transforming cities through data and computation. In a vibrant 90-minute conversation moderated by Charlie Catlett, director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD), the panelists described work underway at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory and outlined their visions for the future of data-driven urban design and governance.
Brett Goldstein, Chief Data and Information Officer for the City of Chicago, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Fellowship in Urban Science at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He will begin the two-year fellowship on July 1, 2013. Chicago Harris, with generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, established the Fellowship in Urban Science as a way to connect scholars and students with policy practitioners who have experience and expertise leveraging data and information technology to address public policy issues.