We just completed a yearlong project for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning with the successful Launch of MetroPulse, an analytics and mapping platform that allows government officials, press outlets and concerned citizens to access 20,000 data sets on 200+ different indicators that track quantifiable issues throughout Chicagoland. It’s interactivity and location-based visualization capabilities will allow users to more quickly assess and understand quality of life issues that impact the seven-county region.
I asked Andrew Williams Clark, CMAP senior planner and Regional indicators project manager to comment on the project and our involvement, and here’s what he had to say:
“MetroPulse gives us a faster, more powerful, visual way to both analyze and communicate quality-of-life information. Pathfinder has been instrumental to the successful development and launch of the MetroPulse platform. From great product development to the coordination of resources from multiple organizations, Pathfinder made it possible for us to build a product of this caliber.”
MetroPulse is built in a combination of Adobe Flex and Microsoft .NET technologies, integrated with ArcGIS for geographic information. The system is highly modular, with multiple sub applications able to function on their own or integrated into the full application framework.
We think MetroPulse is a great analytics and visualization platform that promotes transparency, openness and sharing. It’s very exciting to be involved with cutting edge technology and cutting edge government at the same time.
Check out the MetroPulse site and let us know what you think, and what things you’ve discovered about the region and your community.