WBEZ highlights SAIC’s role in the push towards open-source transparency.
WBEZ highlights SAIC’s role in the push towards open-source transparency.
April 12

SAIC and Chicago’s “Big Data” Revolution

On April 3 WBEZ contributor Elliott Ramos highlighted Chicago’s position at the forefront of “Big Data,” a trend that seeks greater government transparency through increased public access to city data. Ramos spotlights a lecture at SAIC last February with Brett Goldstein, Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology Commissioner and Chief Data Officer. Addressing a “packed crowd, which included analysts, developers, officials, academics and scientists, Goldstein explained that, in addition to increasing transparency, open-source software streamlines city databases, saving time and money by enabling agencies to “quickly search and cross-check records for day-to-day functions.” Goldstein’s lecture at SAIC marked the inauguration of the Urban Sciences Research Coordination Network, a group composed of representatives from SAIC, the City of Chicago, the University of Chicago, the Urban Center for Computation and Data (UCCD), the Computation institute, and “others who seek to use Big Data to address social problems ranging from juvenile corrections to energy-use and employment.” On April 4 Goldstein further addressed Chicago’s push to “turn data into information” in an interview on WBEZ’s Morning Shift with New York City’s Director of Research and Development Andrew Nicklin.