We build custom visualizations, deploy civic apps, and train people to work with open data.

Custom apps and visualizations

Turn your data into a fully customized, clear and concise map or visualization. Learn more »

The City of Chicago is selling empty lots to South Side residents for $1. helps residents find eligible lots and navigate the application process.

Sun-Times Clout Meter

Sun-Times Clout Meter

By gathering campaign war chest totals, tenure, committee chairs and Sun-Times political reporters' insight, we were able to create a model to rank the political influence for Chicago's 50 Aldermen.

A tool for browsing crimes reported to the City of Chicago Police Department from 2001 to present by any custom geography.

Civic app deployment

Bring these civic, open source apps to your municipality or organization. We'll customize, deploy and host it for you. Learn more »

Look at Cook

Look at Cook

Visualize your budget on the web.



Quickly de-duplicate and link large sets of data.

Searchable Map Template

Searchable Map Template

Put your data on a searchable map.

Training and education

Skill your staff up on the latest big data analysis and visualization tools.

An unprecedented amount of data is being gathered and published by governments, companies and organizations.

We will make on-site visits with your staff to train them up on powerful tools to help them understand, interpret and tell the stories behind all this open data. Learn more »


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The Launch of
Apr 04, 2014 by Derek Eder

The City of Chicago is selling empty lots to South Side residents for $1 until April 21st, 2014 as part of their neighborhood stabilization initiative.

To lower the barrier... read more »

Introducing Spreadsheet Deduper
Mar 17, 2014 by Derek Eder

TL;DR We’re launching a free online tool for de-duplicating spreadsheets.

Data. Every day, more and more of it gets released by governments, non-profits and corporations, often for free. And... read more »

Dedupe 0.5
Mar 17, 2014 by Forest Gregg

Today, we are excited to announce a major update to the dedupe library! The new features include parallel processing support, improved record linkage across files, and a new asynchronous architecture.

... read more »


Smart Chicago Collaborative Chicago Sun-Times WBEZ 91.5 Economic Opportunity Institute Macoupin County, IL School of the Art Institute of Chicago LISC - Chicago Participatory Politics Foundation Urban Center for Computation and Data DePaul Institute for Housing Studies