Cities Use Open Data to Improve Quality of Life, from Transportation to Restaurant Inspections

February 29, 2016 11:36 am PST | Data News Roundup

This past week, health inspections and transportation are making big headlines in open data news. Fast Company spotlighted cities around the U.S. leveraging open data for improved quality of life, the Center for Digital Government celebrates their 15th annual event with an awards ceremony, and D.C. Metro promises changes with how they handle open data. Read about all this and more in this week’s Open Data Download:

How America’s Biggest Cities Make Sense of Their Data

If you want to know if your local taco place got a D on its health inspection, or how vacant homes affect crime, you have Socrata to thank. Want to know what the state of Connecticut has spent money on in almost real-time? Or maybe you’d find visualizations for the White House’s recently released 2017 federal budget useful. Maybe you’d be into seeing health reports for every restaurant entry on Yelp, instead. Get the full download.

Seattle Mayor Signs New Open Data Policy to Make City Information More Accessible

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order that instructs city departments to make their data more accessible to the public. The new open data policy was developed by city IT staff with help from the University of Washington and the Sunlight Foundation to help make data about everything from homelessness to local parks more easily available online. Get the full download.

California Public Sector CIO Academy Honors Innovative IT Leaders

Before the lights went out at the 2016 California Public Sector CIO Academy at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on Feb. 25, California’s technology leaders dreamt of their names etched in Lucite. The Center for Digital Government, sister organization to Government Technology, concluded the 15th annual event with an award ceremony recognizing the most innovative and hardworking government technology workers in the state. Get the full download.

Dining Out Bethesda: Le Pain Quotidien, Alfio’s, Dolcezza, Luke’s Lobster

Browse the latest health and safety inspection reports for restaurants in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Montgomery County. Check out these restaurant and food service inspections in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Montgomery County, performed by the Licensure and Regulatory Office at Health and Human Services. Get the full download.

WMATA Opens Its Doors to App Developers

Metro opened its doors to app developers last week in the D.C. area for the fourth Metro Hack Night — a show and tell for transportation “techies” that allows them to demonstrate their new programs. This was just after the Metro announced it would be making big changes in the way it handles its open data. Get the full download.

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