DataSF.org: All about the apps

For the not-so-tech-savvy bunch, a glance at DataSf.org – the Web site offering oodles of city government information – is like searching for the right-sized shirt through the random racks at Goodwill stores. It’s quite a lot to digest.

But Mayor Gavin Newsom today has announced the launch of a section of the Web site that shows more clear examples of how all that data can be useful and will help make government more transparent.

The idea is that throwing all the information online for public viewing will lure resident tech geniuses into making cool applications out of them.

For example, one software application exhibits a map showing residents where recent crimes have happened in San Francisco.

“This is just the beginning,” Newsom said in a statement. “We hope creative developers will build countless more apps never dreamed of in City Hall.”

 

‘King Tides’ give San Francisco a watery glimpse of its future

City seeks solutions as coastal flooding could become the new normal

By Jessica Wolfrom
Dire water warnings confront San Francisco and beyond

‘We will face challenges that I don’t think modern California has ever really seen before’

By Jessica Wolfrom
Debate over $150 million San Francisco school district windfall

‘We’re looking at the ways to boost morale’

By Ida Mojadad