Federal Data Warehouse Site Spawns Major City Clones
TechDailyDose: “The Obama administration’s open government crusade appears to be contagious. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced the launch of DataSF.org, a Web site that will offer convenient access to city data that is relevant to the community. Much like Data.gov, a site spearheaded by federal CIO Vivek Kundra, the service provides the public raw feeds of government information.
“DataSF beta is a central clearinghouse for datasets published by the City & County of San Francisco. The site allows you to find datasets in several ways: general search, tags/keywords, categories, and rating. The goal is to improve access to city data through open machine-readable formats. The new web site will provide a clearinghouse of structured, raw and machine-readable government data to the public in an easily downloadable format…For example, there will be updated crime incident data from the police department and restaurant inspection data from the Department of Public Health. The initial phase of the web site includes more than 100 datasets, from a range of city departments, including Police, Public Works, and the Municipal Transportation Agency.”