Towner Fellows’ Lounge
We live in a time where an unprecedented amount of data is being gathered and published by governments, companies and organizations. While this is certainly a good thing, it poses new challenges for those who want to understand, interpret and tell the stories behind all this data. One way of doing this is by plotting data on a map. Derek Eder from Open City (a civic startup that focuses on building web apps and products with open data.) will share some of his projects and experiences with mapping open data, including the ClearStreets snow plow tracker, the Chicago Vacant and Abandoned Building Finder, and Chicago Public School Tiers map. He will also demo some free tools anyone can use to start creating maps of their own.
Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm