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San Diego to launch “open data” portal in 2016

San Diego will release statistics about business licenses, crime and other aspects of urban life. (Rigucci/

Curious about business licenses, crime statistics and traffic volumes in San Diego? The city plans to launch an “open data” portal in 2016 featuring those categories and many more, David Garrick reports for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The initiative aims to promote transparency within the municipal government and spur innovation. The data could help the city identify and solve problems and aid entrepreneurs seeking to start new businesses.

The effort, unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council in December, was spearheaded by Councilman Mark Kersey. Garrick reports that Mayor Kevin Faulconer applauded the development, saying it could make San Diego more inclusive and encourage greater citizen interaction with city government.

Maksim Pecherskiy, appointed in November as San Diego’s inaugural chief data officer, will oversee the portal. The city will take steps to safeguard privacy and emphasize user friendliness. Private innovators are expected to create apps to be used with the data. 

San Diego Union-Tribune

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