OpenGrid: Conquer Chicago’s mountain of data with this powerful tool

Chicago just launched a new website called OpenGrid, which is the city’s attempt at parsing the avalanche of data it’s been collecting for the past five years.

OpenGrid is a more usable evolution of the city’s Data Portal, a bare-bones website that hosts all of the publicly available information, which includes everything from building permits to noise complaints to city employee salaries (surprise: this is the most popular data set).

OpenGrid was developed over the past six months after Chicago government officials kept hearing that the data sets were too unwieldy to make use of. Continue…