In September, the city filled it's chief data officer position as opportunities for efficiency and improved service delivery are uncovered.
Since September, the city of Chicago has had a new chief data officer, though news of the appointment went under the radar until recently. Tom Schenk, who previously served as the city’s director of analytics and open data portal, took the post more than a year after the departure of Brett Goldstein.
Schenk is now charged with implementing the directives outlined in the city’s Open Data Report, which include releasing more data to the public to create a more efficient government, expand the use of social and digital media to increase public engagement, and consolidate IT services to improve service delivery. Schenk noted the city has made strides in its open data efforts through the release of red light camera data, the launch of an Open Data Portal Status blog, and a project that uses text mining to identify popular Freedom of Information Act requests.
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