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.
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION or to RSVP to either event please contact Open Neighborhoods at 310-439-9746 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
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:
So – we’ll get there soon enough, but if you have an opinion as to how we should license our data, let me know!
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