This means that projects like OpenStreetMaps will be able to add over 2GBs of Chicago data to their site. This also means that companies and Chicago startups who would like to leverage this data are able to as part of daily business.
I downloaded the crime data dataset that supposedly includes all reported crimes from 2001. The CSV file was 1G in plain text. They could have compressed it but it doesn’t matter. It contained over 4 million records. Now I have to figure out how to slice and dice this dataset and for what purpose I don’t quite know yet.