Chicago to make public online database of a of crimes.

Millions of crime statistics dating to 2001 will be posted…

Millions of crime statistics dating to 2001 will be posted online in a searchable database, slated for a Wednesday launch, although a police press official told msnbc.com that could be delayed. It will be updated daily, providing fodder for residents to evaluate their own neighborhoods, academics to study crime and techie types to create websites or apps.

The release is the latest attempt by the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who took office in May, to make city dealings more open and counter Chicago’s reputation for entrenched systemic corruption and backroom deals. Chicago officials recently posted online the salaries of city employees, city contracts and lobbying data, with more information expected in coming months.

“It’s a whole new era of openness and transparency,” said Brett Goldstein, the city’s chief data officer and former police officer. “You determine your own analysis.

Source: MSNBC

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