San Francisco Features Stats on Portal Use

By Elana Hopman


The City of San Francisco has long been a leader in the open data movement, and recent enhancements to its Open Data Portal further illustrate the city’s commitment to the initiative. The newly released analytics page offers public access to site metrics and key performance indicators such as search terms, page views, referrers, and embeds. 

“The Socrata Analytics page adds another layer of transparency to open data, allowing the citizens to see what’s being created at a macro level as well as view how the city’s data is being used by the community,” says Mathias Gibson, Management Analyst at SF311.

Not only does the page highlight the success of the portal itself through traffic reports on page views and datasets, it can also shed new light on topics that prove important to average citizens. For example, the leading search term is “public health,” clearly illustrating that this issue is at the forefront of many people’s minds. This could suggest to developers or governments that time focused on public health would be well spent.

“We hope that sharing the site’s usage statistics will encourage and inspire other citizens to get involved with our open data portal in new ways,” Gibson adds.

You can learn more about developments in the San Francisco Open Data initiative by visiting

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