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November 16, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Need to know how crowded John Barleycorn is right now? Or whether there are more women than men at Vertigo Sky Lounge? How about the average age of patrons at Schoolyard Tavern? If you're in Chicago, there's an app for that. SceneTap, a mobile and web application that launched in Chicago in July, uses cameras to gather information for its facial detection software, which provides real-time stats on the age, sex and number of patrons in more than 50 bars in Chicago. While the app does not reveal any identifying information about patrons (no identifying photos or video is posted...
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February 11, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Divvy's data is now anyone's to develop.  Chicago's bike share provider announced Tuesday  that for the first time, trip-by-trip data for about 750,000 rides taken last year is available to the public. Along with the release of the downloadable data, the company issued a challenge to "scientists, programmers and developers" to analyze the data and find ways to present it visually.  "We're interested in infographics, maps, images, animations or websites that can help answer questions and reveal patterns in Divvy usage," the announcement stated, adding that...
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February 11, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Divvy's data is now anyone's to develop.  Chicago's bike share provider announced Tuesday  that for the first time, trip-by-trip data for about 750,000 rides taken last year is available to the public. Along with the release of the downloadable data, the company issued a challenge to "scientists, programmers and developers" to analyze the data and find ways to present it visually.  "We're interested in infographics, maps, images, animations or websites that can help answer questions and reveal patterns in Divvy usage," the announcement stated, adding that...
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September 20, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Problem: How can the hundreds of datasets the city releases to the public be transformed into online tools that improve the lives of residents? Solution: Collect a group of 30 to 40 young Chicagoans every Tuesday in a glass room in the Merchandise Mart to pick a city service or an issue and problem-solve a way to create apps that track these services. Some of the successful ventures born from these nights include apps that break down information about elementary school closings and locations for free flu shots.
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February 15, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Austin saw its fourth homicide of the year on Saturday, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. A 20-year-old man was shot to death in the 200 block of North Lorel Avenue, police said. The West Side community area logged 30 homicides last year, RedEye data shows. Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in North Lawndale, South Lawndale, West Englewood and West Town, according to RedEye data. Eight homicides have been logged so far this month, RedEye data found.
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February 29, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
West Pullman saw two homicides in two days this past weekend, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. A 20-year-old man was shot to death Sunday in the 11600 block of South Ada Street, police said. A day earlier, a 59-year-old man was fatally shot in the 12000 block of South Indiana Avenue, officials said. West Pullman has recorded two homicides so far this year, RedEye data shows. The South Side community area logged six homicides last year. Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn, New City,...
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April 25, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Two men were stabbed to death in separate incidents in Chicago in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. On Sunday, a 71-year-old man was fatally stabbed in the 12900 block of South Manistee Avenue in Hegewisch, officials said. Three days earlier, a 39-year-old man was stabbed to death in the 3500 block of West Douglas Boulevard in North Lawndale, police said. Stabbings account for about 10 percent of the 151 homicides recorded in Chicago this year, as of presstime, RedEye data shows.
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May 23, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Greater Grand Crossing and the Lower West Side each recorded two homicides in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. In Greater Grand Crossing, a 30-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday in the 7000 block of South Perry Avenue, police said. Four days earlier, a 47-year-old man was stabbed to death in the 7800 block of South Greenwood Avenue, officials said. Greater Grand Crossing has recorded seven homicides so far this year, RedEye data shows.
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May 9, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Two women and a man were stabbed to death in separate incidents in the last week in Chicago, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. On Tuesday, a 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death in the 4600 block of South Lake Park Avenue in Kenwood, police said. One day earlier, a 51-year-old man was found fatally stabbed in the 900 block of East 104th Street in Pullman, officials said. On Friday, a 58-year-old woman was stabbed to death in the 4200 block of West Cermak Road in North Lawndale, police said.
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February 1, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
January ended Tuesday with 40 homicides in Chicago, up 43 percent from 28 homicides recorded in January 2011, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. However, as of Wednesday afternoon, Chicago has not seen a homicide since Jan. 24, when a 39-year-old woman was shot to death in Washington Park. This is the first time RedEye's homicide tracker has not had a homicide to report on in the previous week since it was created three years ago. No homicides have been recorded so far in February.
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September 20, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The city has 283 datasets listed on its data portal, data.cityofchicago.org. Some of these datasets are pretty standard, from types and locations of crimes to CTA ridership. Other datasets are more intriguing. RedEye did some diving to log some of the more novel data. > > Popular fiction titles at the Chicago Public Library in July 2013 include "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Gone Girl" > > Employee indebtedness to the city. As of Saturday, the Chicago Board of Education has 2,626 employees that owe a collective $1.48 million to the city.
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September 20, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
So you have an idea for an app that uses city data, but you don't know where to go with it. Head to one of these data-driven events. > > Social Media Week, through Friday socialmediaweek.org/chicago Using data and social media to deliver better city services is one of the themes of Social Media Week, an annual series of workshops and panels about trends in social and mobile media. > > Urban Sustainability Apps Competition, Oct. 18-20 cnt.org/events/reinventing-chicago-2013-urban-sustainability-apps-competition ...
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April 9, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
[UPDATED STORY: As of 1 p.m. April 9, hours before Kickstarter's deadline, BikeSpike has reached it's goal of $150,000, allowing the project to launch.  "We are flattered, truely humbled and honored to have this done in Chicago," said Clay Neigher, a member of the BikeSpike team. "We take this responsibility extremely seriously. We want to do everyone that took the lead with us proud, along with our city. "] Read the original BikeSpike story below:  If someone were messing with your bike...
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December 19, 2012 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and RedEye
With help from a $600,000 National Science Foundation grant, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago will work together with the Argonne National Laboratory to use city data to develop projects impacting Chicago's policy, design and urban planning decisions under a partnership announced last week. The collaboration, called the Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD), brings together researchers and city officials to take advantage of the City of Chicago Data Portal, an...
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June 27, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Chicago this week reached 250 homicides for 2012--the worst start to a year in nine years, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. The city has not reached the 250-homicide mark for the first half of the year since 2003, which saw 286 homicides for the first half of the year and 601 homicides for the entire year, according to a 2009 Chicago Police Department report. Homicides this year are up 36 percent compared to the same period last year, as of Wednesday afternoon, according to RedEye data.
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May 23, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Greater Grand Crossing and the Lower West Side each recorded two homicides in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. In Greater Grand Crossing, a 30-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday in the 7000 block of South Perry Avenue, police said. Four days earlier, a 47-year-old man was stabbed to death in the 7800 block of South Greenwood Avenue, officials said. Greater Grand Crossing has recorded seven homicides so far this year, RedEye data shows.
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May 9, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Two women and a man were stabbed to death in separate incidents in the last week in Chicago, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. On Tuesday, a 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death in the 4600 block of South Lake Park Avenue in Kenwood, police said. One day earlier, a 51-year-old man was found fatally stabbed in the 900 block of East 104th Street in Pullman, officials said. On Friday, a 58-year-old woman was stabbed to death in the 4200 block of West Cermak Road in North Lawndale, police said.
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