San Francisco Moves to Cloud for Open Data Innovation

City’s Open Data Strategy & Mayor’s Commitment to Innovation Make City Data More Available & Easier to Use

3/12/12—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today unveiled, the next-generation, cloud-based San Francisco Open Data site, and the successor to one of the nation’s pioneering Open Data initiatives, Moving City data to the cloud underscores the Mayor’s commitment to providing state of the art access to information, community engagement and government efficiency.

“By making City data more accessible to the public secures San Francisco’s future as the world’s first 2.0 City,” said Mayor Lee. “It’s only natural that we move our Open Data platform to the cloud and adopt modern open interface to facilitate that flow and access to information and develop better tools to enhance City services.”

The upgrade of DataSF dramatically expands and accelerate access to information in a more cost effective manner. The new Socrata-powered San Francisco Open Data Cloud offers a wide variety of feature, architecture, and performance enhancements, including:
· Simple, easy-to-use, citizen interfaces that allow non-technical users to interactively explore data, visualize it, and share contextually-relevant information with others, on the site, across the web, and on social networks.
· Automatic full-text indexing of every data set’s content to facilitate online search, in addition to the ability to download the data in multiple open, machine-readable formats.
· Automatic API access to every data set, via the Socrata Open Data API (SODA) and access to technical support and online developer resources, which will lower the access barrier for civic developers.
· A powerful publishing platform for city employees to rapidly transform data into interactive online resources that can be reused elsewhere on and deployed as open cloud services.

The new site contains 175 datasets including the new geocoded case data from San Francisco 311 since 2008, Map-based Crime Data, Active Business Listings as well as several updated administrative and financial datasets.

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