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Open Data Discovery

Open Data Discovery is an interesting project that tracks and displays 306 open data portals around the globe.

“These data portals are established by nations, provinces, cities, and institutes worldwide, which are main force of the global activity of data opening. With the effort of constantly observing these portals, we hope to provide […]

LA County Open Data Portal goes live

This morning LA County launched its Open Data Portal at https://data.lacounty.gov/.  Beyond GIS data, the data portal expands the scope of our open data efforts to non-GIS data, including budget and finance information.

Developer tools and Open APIs enable developers to leverage the data as a service, and to build applications […]

San Francisco’s public Defecation Map

An interesting use of Open Data (can’t wait for LA County’s Open Data Portal to go live in the next few months). Â I know our Public Health department tracks the same things.

Here’s the source article.


CalGIS Recap #2 – Open Data is coming!

As another in a recap from the CalGIS conference, one of my other takeaways was that toolsets for Open Data are coming thick and fast. Â Michal Migurski from Code for America (click to see their website) gave a great talk about how this is changing governmental paradigms, and shared some […]

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 […]

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. Â What I am trying to avoid is a reseller packaging and re-selling our GIS data […]