The goal of the open government movement, Derek told the audience, is to drive transparency by building technology tools on top of data released by the government.
Based on Derek's talk, I created a timeline of the Chicago open government movement.
Adrian Holovaty kicked off the Chicago open government movement with ChicagoCrime.org (now Everyblock.com).
Hacking the CTA API
Harper Reed built the "Unofficial" CTA API by scraping the CTA bus tracker website.
Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of the City of Chicago. Emanuel hires Chicago's first CTO and CDO to release new city datasets.
Developers built a scraper on top of the city's Plow Tracker app that displays which city streets have been plowed.
The Open City team built an interactive map of Chicago's zones.
SchoolCuts.org combines data from CPS, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the University of Chicago Urban Institute to help stakeholders understand data about Chicago school closings.
Crime and Punishment in Chicago
Crime and Punishment in Chicago provides an index of crime and prison data sources.
If you're interested in hacking on open data—whether you're a developer, designer, statistician, journalist, or public servant—you can go to the Open Gov Hack Night. The group meets every Tuesday at 6pm in the IMSA room of 1871 in Merchandise Mart.