The City of Los Angeles Planning department has launched a GIS Data Portal for downloading various GIS data files pertaining to City Planning information.
You can access the data by going to http://planning.lacity.org, selecting the Maps and Stats button on the left, then selecting the LADCP GIS Data. page.
I will also add this link to our LA County GIS Data Portal, (http://gis.lacounty.gov/dataportal), which contains links to County and other data like this.
While I like the portal itself, there are some things I think that LA City should look into:
- It’s not integrated into any of the other GIS data from LA City, meaning that it’s focus on Planning only means that I still need to go to many other sites to get other GIS data from LA City.
- The layer names are images, which means that if Google or Microsoft crawl their site, it will be a lot harder to get this data on the search results.
- I did notice that the page doesn’t have its own URL which also will cause issues for search engines to make it easier to find.