Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Big Data and a Brave New World

by theandystratton

In a piece for the Huffington Post, book author Ben Hecht writes about an innovative approach to use big data for a big city. Chicago’s chief technology officer and chief data officer are working together to use big data to analyze and provide solutions to the issues facing the city. There is tremendous promise in leveraging information across agencies to understand the patterns of civic life and how government can more effectively use resources to target populations and places. Hecht identifies some of the key lessons for effectively using data to improve cities, including identifying goals, prioritizing efforts, and having a willingness to revisit long-held assumptions.

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