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#418 The Pandemic Response in Senior Housing: An Open Data Case Study


Haru Coryne, Data Reporter, ProPublica
Mick Dumke, Reporter, ProPublica

Journalists often use data to find or support their investigations. Yet datasets that lead to novel or impactful stories are rarely published on government websites in accessible formats. “Open data” isn’t always useful.

In June, ProPublica published an article about the flawed response to the coronavirus pandemic at senior housing complexes in Chicago. The investigation depended on an unexpected resource: open data available on the Cook County website.

In this talk, ProPublica data reporter Haru Coryne and reporter Mick Dumke will describe their investigation in the context of open data, delving into one particular dataset that ultimately became useful.

ASL This event will not have an American Sign Language interpreter.