- Associated Press - Sunday, March 23, 2014

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 (https://bit.ly/1jsiEIT ) 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.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.thetimesonline.com

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