New City of San Francisco Data Portal

The City of San Francisco, one of the early pioneers of open city data, just unveiled a new open data portal at data.SFgov.org, built using Socrata cloud service platform.

The new city portal has downloadable data-sets and APIs providing access to 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.

The open data initiative is a follow-up to SFgov.org, the cities pioneering open data project, and is meant to provide a platform that keeps up with the Mayor’s commitment to providing state of the art cloud infrastructure to drive more innovation in citizen access to information, community engagement and government efficiency.

As Jay Nath, San Francisco’s Chief Innovation Officer says:

“Two years ago, when we launched DataSF.org, Open Data was a visionary experiment in reinventing the government of the future. Today, with increasing worldwide adoption, we view Open Data as part of our new cloud infrastructure to deliver citizen, social, and programmatic interfaces to government services, in a much more cost-effective and agile model.”


The new Socrata-powered San Francisco open data portal offers a wide variety of feature, architecture, and performance enhancements, including:

  • 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.

San Francisco is just the latest, of cities that Socrata provides city data for including NYCChicagoBaltimoreSeattleSan Francisco, and New Orleans.

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 interfaces to facilitate the flow of information and develop better tools to enhance City services.”

CityGrid plus municipal data provided by Socrata, provides a perfect source of rich data that developers can use to build mobile and web applications that are not just profitable, but can do some good and potentially make our cities better places to live for everyone.

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