Category: Open Data

Determining the closest city that you’ve never heard of

I’ve spent the majority of my life in the Chicagoland area. So it came as somewhat of a surprise to me when I recently ran across the name of a city that was less than 30 miles away that I had

Mapping the Mathematical Streets of Paris

I recently came across a reference that stated over 100 streets in Paris are named after mathematicians. Having never heard that before, I decided to investigate and see what that looked like. The following site had tallied 91 streets that

Extract Chicago Crime Data from the Open Data Portal Using Python

As part of the investigation in crime around the 606 trail, we pulled the crime data from Chicago’s open data portal. The following is a straight forward sample Python script for pulling a daily extract. Note that the available crime data on

Collecting U.S. Bicycle Fatality Data from the FARS database

We were looking to investigate bicycle fatalities involving cars, first at a more recent and local level and then eventually at a national and historical level. This post will detail our data collection at the national and historical level. The

Crimes occuring ON the 606 trail

In a previous post, I gave an overview of a project to investigate the occurrence of crimes near the 606 (Bloomingdale) trail in Chicago. Data for the investigation came from the City of Chicago Open Data Portal, and investigation into