Data and government

I’ve just wrapped up working on some data collection for a new research project that assesses what Illinois governments are taking the initiative on open data. Unsurprisingly, only three of the top 30 municipalities in the state have a substantial amount of their data publicly available.

Well, I guess some have highly detailed financial documents available, but what’s the use if it’s uninterpretable to the average person?

Shout out to Naperville, Evanston, and Chicago for their data portals.

In the spirit of government’s lack of transparency, here is a cartoon by Chris Lysy at Fresh Spectrum. Chris is a visual designer and consultant and his illustrations are about engaging stakeholders, presenting data, and more. Also, he seems like good people.