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Tom Schenk takes over as Chicago’s chief data officer without fanfare

Tom Schenk quietly moved into the role of chief data officer for the City of Chicago in September, more than a year after Brett Goldstein vacated that role, city officials said Monday.

Schenk previously served as the city’s director of analytics and oversaw its open data portal.

It is now officially his job to carry out the objectives detailed in the city’s Open Data Report. Schenk said the city made strides in 2014 in releasing red-light camera data, launching an Open Data Portal Status blog and using text mining to identify popular Freedom of Information Act requests. Continue>>>