NPR recently profiled Ben Wellington who runs the popular I Quant NY blog. The blog makes use of NYC “open data.” Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg required city agencies to make all the data they produce publicly available and searchable online. Earlier this year Wellington used New York City’s parking ticket data and identified two hydrants on consecutive blocks that were generating $55,000 a year in tickets, apparently from cars that were parked legally. After Wellington’s online report went viral, the data-loving citizen investigator learned that the city’s Department of Transportation had reviewed the roadway markings, then repainted the parking spots so that drivers would stop getting ticketed. Wellington says, “”I’m trying to make stats accessible and even cool. Imagine that.”

You can access the NPR story here or access the I Quant NY blog directly here.