February 27, 2020 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Lobbyist Dataset Deduplication Corrections

We have discovered that, as a side-effect of revisions that registered lobbyists are permitted to make to their reported compensation, and that they actually do make fairly often, some of the Lobbyist Data datasets have what amount to duplicate records.

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February 11, 2020 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Traffic Crash Datasets ID Change

We have made some modifications to our series of Traffic Crash datasets to address a potential privacy issue.

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February 11, 2020 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

TIF and Financial Incentive Dataset Releases and Changes

We are happy to announce that the City of Chicago has released a number of new datasets related to Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts and other forms of financial incentives to catalyze economic development. We have also made some changes to existing datasets.

New Datasets

Seven new datasets show individual Financial Incentive Projects – two relating to TIFs and five relating to other types of incentives. They are:

An eighth new dataset shows Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Investment Committee Decisions.

All eight datasets will initially be updated quarterly and we hope to be able to increase the frequency as enhancements to the source data systems permit.

While not directly part of this data release, we encourage those interested in TIFs to explore the Department of Planning and Development’s separate TIF portal.

Changes to Existing Datasets

The already-existing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Projects dataset has been changed in the following ways:

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February 04, 2020 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

E-Scooter Trip Data Released

In the summer of 2019, the City of Chicago conducted a pilot of E-Scooters. As a condition of participation, the e-scooter vendors were required to make trip data available to the City. The City used these data as an input to its formal evaluation of the pilot.

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December 17, 2019 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Divvy Datasets Live Again

Divvy performed a system upgrade in July. As part of this upgrade, its real-time station status feed switched from the previous format to a new format, based on the General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS).

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November 25, 2019 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Projects Changes

We are making changes to the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Projects dataset in two phases.

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October 17, 2019 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Beach Weather Stations Paused Temporarily

Due to a Chicago Park District hardware upgrade project, the sensors that feed the Beach Weather Stations - Automated Sensors dataset have been offline since 9/30/2019. The project is anticipated to be completed before the end of 2019 and the dataset should start receiving new rows at that time.

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August 23, 2019 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

City Owned Land Revision

We have modified the City-Owned Land Inventory dataset to remove records with a status of “In Acquisition” from the dataset. These properties are not yet owned by the City of Chicago and were included prematurely.

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August 08, 2019 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Relocated Vehicles Dataset Is Not Updating - Resolved

The Relocated Vehicles dataset is not updating. We are investigating the cause and a potential solution. In the meantime, we will do occasional manual updates but cannot maintain anything close to the normal 15-minute, automated update frequency.

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July 29, 2019 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Census Tract Rules for Taxi and TNP Datasets

As discussed in previous posts, we apply specific rules to our Taxi and Transportation Network Provider (TNP) trip data before publication to the Data Portal in order to protect privacy. One of these rules is that for any combination of a 15-minute time period and a Census Tract that has fewer than three trips, we remove the census tract before publication and show only the community area.

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