January 31, 2017 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Food Inspection records are missing

We are aware that most records from the Food Inspections dataset are missing and are working to restore them.  We will post an update to this post when we know more or have restored the records.

Update 1/31/2017, 10:00 am - We have restored the records.

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January 06, 2017 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Changes to Business Owners

We have made two changes to the Business Owners dataset:

  • Records now go back to 2002 (previously 2006) for compatibility with the Business Licenses dataset.
  • We changed the source for the Legal Name column so that it more accurately displays the legal name.  Previously, it sometimes displayed a related name for the business.

Before these changes, the legal name issue created some unintended duplication of otherwise-identical records. Therefore, the fix reduces the number of records but that reduction happens to be approximately offset by adding four years of data so the end result is only a small change in record count.

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October 21, 2016 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Data Portal Outage

Because of an ongoing, widespread internet outage, the City of Chicago data portal is unavailable. This impacts both visitors to the webpage itself and those using the API.

We fully expect the portal will be available as the internet outage is resolved.

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September 28, 2016 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Replacement of Street Closure Permits - Current

As discussed in a previous post, the Street Closure Permits - Current dataset has been replaced by the Transportation Department Permits dataset.  Street Closure Permits - Current no longer contains any data and will be removed soon.

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September 16, 2016 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

New columns in Transportation Department Permits

We have added three columns to the Transportation Department Permits dataset:

  • UNIQUEKEY - A permanent, unique identifier for the record. The APPLICATIONNUMBER column cannot be used as a unique ID because, while it is unique for an application, a single application covering a long address range can be broken into multiple records.
  • XCOORDINATE and YCOORDINATE - Supplementing LATITUDE and LONGITUDE, these columns contain the starting position of the address range in State Plane Illinois East NAD 1983 projection.

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September 02, 2016 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Divvy Bicycle Stations - Historical not updating

We became aware today that Divvy Bicycle Stations - Historical has no new data since 8/13/2016.  We are investigating the problem.

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August 26, 2016 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Some data sets not updating since 8/19

An error has prevented a limited number of data sets from updating on the open data portal. The 311 data sets and food inspections has not successfully updated since Friday, August 19th. We’re aware of the problem and working to resolve it.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Update - 9/6/2016

The issue has been resolved and these data sets are updating regularly. 

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August 11, 2016 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

West Nile Virus Mosquito Test dataset changes

We have made two changes to the West Nile Virus (WNV) Mosquito Test Results dataset:

  • We have added a TRAP_TYPE column.
  • Because addresses are presented at the block level, the LATITUDE, LONGITUDE, and LOCATION columns are designed to be on the correct block but not necessarily at the exact trap location. However, any given trap should appear in the same place for all test records, unless it has actually moved to a different block.  We discovered and fixed an error that was causing the locations to move between tests.  This should only improve the experience for most users but, since most records have moved, anyone sensitive to that sort of change should take note.

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August 11, 2016 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Filtered views for the Ordinance Violations dataset

We recently released a dataset of ordinance violations related to the Department of Buildings.  However, we will be adding violations from other departments so it is not advisable to use links to the full dataset for purposes that relate only to that department.

We have created a filtered view specifically for Department of Buildings violations.  That view can be treated like a dataset for most purposes and will always stay in sync with the full dataset.  We will be creating similar filtered views for other departments, as we add them. You can find the filtered views for any dataset – as well as other manipulations and presentations of the data – by clicking the purple “More Views” button at the upper-right of the page 

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August 10, 2016 / by Open Data Portal Team / In Open Data , Data Portal

Towed Vehicles dataset is not updating

The Towed Vehicles dataset, which normally updates every 15 minutes, has not updated since 10:01 am today.  We are investigating the cause and will post any significant changes – including when the updates resume – as edits to this post.

Services making use of this dataset, such as http://www.wasmycartowed.com, will also be affected.  We are not certain but initial indications are that the City of Chicago’s Find Your Vehicle page also has not been updating for towed vehicles since approximately the same time.

Please note that the Relocated Vehicles dataset updates separately and appears to be working properly.

Update 8/10/2016, 12:43 pm - The dataset appears to be updating properly again.  We will continue to monitor but this will be the last update unless the problem returns.

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