Session 6-3: mapping data

We will cover how to use simple tools to map data quickly. Some tools covered will include Google Fusion Tables, Searchable Map Template, and QGIS.


Partner, DataMade
@derekeder     LinkedIn

Derek has been building websites in Chicago since 2005. He is the owner of DataMade, an open government and open data web consulting company, co-founder of Open City, a collective that makes civic apps with open data, and organizer for the Open Gov Hack Night, a weekly event for building civic technology with open data. He has collaborated on over a dozen open source civic apps including 2nd City Zoning, Chicago Lobbyists, Look at Cook, Chicago Councilmatic and Dedupe.

How do you use data within your organization?
DataMade uses open data for every project we work on. We analyze, visualize, create and tell stories with it.

Google Fusion Tables
Open Refine

Owner, Kalov Strategies
@shua123     LinkedIn
Professor, DePaul University, The Red Line Project
@journtoolbox     @redlineproject     LinkedIn
Mike Reilley teaches data and mobile journalism at DePaul University’s College of Communication journalism program. An early adopter, Reilley was one of the founding editors of He founded and edits the journalism research site, The Journalist’s Toolbox. He and his students post stories, multimedia and data visualizations to The Red Line Project ( and its data page, Data/Chicago.

How are data and technology making an impact in our region? Or how can data and technology make a bigger impact?

Chicago has a strong data community and there are many civic apps out there (snow plow tracker, Chicago rivers sewage, crime maps, etc.). I approach it from the point of view of news apps, ways journalists can find stories within civic apps and use the apps, [and] data in them, etc. to find stories.


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