The public data used to build the Tribune’s new site runs on Socrata, a company that provides platforms for open government data. Founded in 2007, its clients include the cities of New York, San Francisco, Austin, and Seattle. Chicago uses Socrata to power its data portal,which holds over 200 data sets ranging from crime statistics to food inspections and public school progress reports.

The Tribune’s map updates as new crimes are reported. The app team would like automate this process so that when the data held in the Socrata data portal refreshes, it pumps the new figures into the crime app. Currently, that process is not updating correctly, so the app team has to monitor updates.


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Anna Codrea-Rado is a digital media associate at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Follow her on Twitter @annacod.