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Obama Administration releases Open Data Policy

Earlier today, President Obama signed an Executive Order making open and machine readable data the new default for Government information. The White House simultaneously released the accompanying Open Data Policy.

Federal Government Open Data Policy

Press Release

LA County Solar Map impacts Feed in tariff

 

It has been a long time, but the work that was done for the LA County solar map provided the quantitative underpinning and justification for LADWP’s feed-in-tariff.  UCLA used our solar database to analyze the impacts and benefits of a feed-in-tariff property by property, which helped provide support for the LA Business Roundtable to support it.

Making our data available for use outside of the County has provided this massive benefit and shows how data freedom can support major policy changes that impact life in LA.

To see the site, go to http://solarmap.lacounty.gov

To learn about getting access to the data directly, see: http://solarmap.lacounty.gov/v2/ForInstallers.htm

 

Press release below:

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Weekend Events Announce Details of LADWP’s New Solar Feed-in Tariff Program

 

LOS ANGELES, January 18, 2013 — Los Angeles-based Open Neighborhoods has announced two public events this Sunday, January 20th, to present information about an ambitious new Los Angeles DWP solar purchase program for commercial rooftops and parking lots. The events will include opportunities for the public to learn about utility rebates, neighborhood programs, financing options and other incentives for rooftop solar installations.

 

Green Tent at the Mar Vista Farmers Market
 mgc   Sunday, Jan 20th from 9am-11am

Learn who qualifies and how you can receive maximum benefit during the first six months of LADWP’s new rooftop solar purchase program. View an instant satellite evaluation of solar energy potential on your property. Discover how you can benefit even if you don’t own a rooftop!  Read more.

     
Solar Open House & Backyard Celebration
 openouse   Sunday, Jan 20th from 1pm-4pm

Join local property owners and clean energy advocates for a backyard celebration and demonstration of a new solar energy system on a historic home in Country Club Park! Learn about sustainable homes in historic preservation overlay zones, California Energy Upgrade savings, utility solar rebates and neighborhood incentives.  Complimentary refreshments. RSVP.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to RSVP to either event please contact Open Neighborhoods at 310-439-9746 or via email to gosolar@openneighborhoods.net.

 

About Open Neighborhoods

A portfolio company of the LA Cleantech Incubator, Open Neighborhoods is a Certified B Corporation recognized for high standards of social and environmental performance.  The company serves as program administrator for GoSolar.LA, a regional initiative to streamline and accelerate solar deployment in greater Los Angeles. Open Neighborhoods was founded in 2008 to provide neighborhood-scale clean energy solutions.  More information at openneighborhoods.net.

How should the County license its free GIS data?

Open Data License

This has been in the back of my mind for a while, so I thought I’d get opinions on what we should do with the GIS data that we create and share.  What I am trying to avoid is a reseller packaging and re-selling our GIS data without:

  1. Adding value, and
  2. Giving credit back (attribution).
At the recent Geocoding conference, I had a discussion with an expert, who pointed me to the Open Data Commons licenses.  I just took a look, and they have three flavors:
  1. Public Domain License – No restrictions – people can do whatever they want.
  2. Attribution License – Requires attribution, but nothing beyond that
  3. Open Database License (share-alike) – Requires users to share any value adds as an open dataset as well.

 

So – we’ll get there soon enough, but if you have an opinion as to how we should license our data, let me know!