City of San Francisco promises to "open its data" with DataSF.org

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10 Responses to “City of San Francisco promises to "open its data" with DataSF.org”

  1. mdh says:

    Speaking as someone who needs to access government records professionally, let me say this loudly.

    HUZZAH!

  2. Technocrat says:

    I am not sure about CA Public Records Laws, but in NM using public records data for commercial/solicitation use is prohibited.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Toronto began its open data initiative at the beginning of 2009 http://wiki.changecamp.ca/ChangeCampTO_Event/Official_ChangeCamp_TO_Grid/Session_C1 ) and Mayor Miller announced it at the Mesh09 conference in May.

    Look how far they’ve come! http://toronto.ca/open/

  4. Anonymous says:

    The LAPD crime map’s location icon looks very similar to the icon for homicide. Hilariously poor design.

  5. Mazoola says:

    The GIS data has been around for a while — but SF traditionally held it close to the vest while trying to find a way to productize it. I spent a fruitless couple of evenings, geez, I guess 7 years ago trying to find anything useful and freely accessible as part of the attempt by a coalition of newspaper publishers to keep from having the Clear Channel pedmounts shoved down our collective throats. In the end, a handful of us spent the next few days mapping out the Tenderloin, Union Square, the Financial District, and eight to ten blocks of Market Street with graph paper and tape measures….

  6. Mazoola says:

    c/has/have dammit

  7. Anonymous says:

    There is only one entity handling open data the “right” way from what I’ve seen. All others give you datasets and then you have to figure out what to do with them. This one not only gives you the datasets, but a very cool web-based toolset to instantly work with them… this looks to be the wave of the future- http://www.simplergov.org

  8. mweisman says:

    This is a great start, but ultimately a giant fail.

    All they are doing is linking files which look like they have already been public for some time. What we need is a way to get to the raw data without being encumbered by proprietary data formats.

    Check out the City of Nanaimo (BC, Canada)’s Property Search Data Catalog for an example of this being done the right way (RESTful access to the raw data in standard text-based formats):
    http://maps.nanaimo.ca/data/property/

    This will enable developers to write cool applications. Linking to an Excel file on an ftp site will not.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Can anyone tell me what font the DataSF logo is in?
    It’s on the tip of my brain……

  10. KWillets says:

    This looks like a fairly standard GIS data clearinghouse. Some of the data, such as police calls for service, hasn’t been available before.

    Some of the data access is RESTful.

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