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First Records Released On San Diego’s Open Data Site

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A map of solar permits issued in San Diego, created using data from San Diego's new Open Data Portal.

First Records Released On San Diego's Open Data Site


Maksim Pecherskiy, chief data officer, city of San Diego


San Diego has been playing catch up in the open data movement. Cities including Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles share information on everything from crime reports to taxi trips for anyone to see. The idea is that citizens can download this data and do something interesting with it — maybe make an app showing zoning patterns or the most popular parking meters downtown.

San Diego has been working on its own data website since late 2014, after it hired Maksim Pecherskiy as the city's chief data officer. It's data portal launched July 1, providing access to 44 data sets.

The city site has information on solar permits, water testing results and street sweeping patterns. While there are roughly 950 more data sets the city has identified to be released publicly, it could take until 2019 before most are online.

Pecherskiy joins KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday with more on the city's transparency efforts and what apps he hopes civic hackers will develop.


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