Gary mayor wants residents to leverage city data

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson wants computer and information technology experts to develop new applications that the public can use with open government data.

The city is hosting its first Gary Hack Night on Thursday to bring local data users, technology developers, community-based organizations and residents together to find the best ways to leverage the data. It’s modeled after a weekly program in Chicago.

Richard Leverett, Freeman-Wilson’s interim chief of staff, tells The (Munster) Times the “hack nights are ways to start a conversation about open data for people to use.”

For example, a project called Gary Counts will build an online resource to help residents discover the status of vacant properties in their neighborhood. It’s based on a similar project in New Orleans. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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