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Sean Thornton

Civic Analytics Network

Why Civic Analytics?

Cities worldwide are having a data and analytics-driven moment, and it’s one that is likely here to stay. Thanks to advances in computing, code-sharin...

Internet of Things

How a Smart City Tackles Rainfall

Sensors are increasingly-valuable tools for better understanding, managing, and planning urban environments. In Chicago, for example, the city’s recen...

Infrastructure

Beneath the Smart City

It’s five minutes into your morning commute, and whether you’re driving, biking, or walking, you can see them in the distance: orange cones, cordoning...

Civic Data

Open-Source Tools Meet the Municipal Budget Office

The open data and open source movements seen in today’s cities are often associated with massive troves of online data, cutting-edge predictive analyt...

Predictive Analytics

Municipal Analytics, the Startup Way

One of the great promises of open government this decade has been that it can serve as a catalyst for a new civic-centered “innovation ecosystem.” Thi...

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About the Author

Sean Thornton

Sean Thornton is a Program Advisor for the Ash Center's Civic Analytics Network and writer for Data-Smart City Solutions.  Based in Chicago, Sean holds joint Masters’ degrees from the University of Chicago, in Public Policy and Social Service Administration. His work has spanned the city's public, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors.