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Open municipal data

2010-11-10 15:02:14.617653+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

San Francisco passes first "open data" law. From what I can glean from that article this is really just a codification of what's already in California's various disclosure and sunshine laws, with an emphasis on making that stuff preemptively available electronically.

Which is awesome and more cities should follow suit.

Speaking of which, a whole hell of a lot of kudos to the various departments in the City of Petaluma who made two things happen yesterday:

  1. The City of Petaluma's RSS feed updated yesterday with information about a water main break that gave useful information when I went shopping in that neighborhood later.
  2. The police department's announcement system got me a press release on a criminal matter in the city that was clear and concise and timely.


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