City of Palo Alto breaks opengov ground with launch of “Open GIS”

From GeoCommunity SpatialNews:

Palo Alto, California – The City of Palo Alto today again stepped up its commitment to open government by releasing the first sets of City Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) data as open data through the innovative use of Google Fusion Tables. Called Open GIS, this release joins Palo Alto's existing open data sets at, and the award-winning site for City budget information, Open Budget, available here:
The new service, accessible via will, over time, make hundreds of data layers easily available. The data will contain a large volume of geographically-referenced features which have been created and catalogued over the past 20 years in Palo Alto’s GIS.  Coupled with these features is attribute data—additional information about each of the features such as size, material, owner, census tract, and other characteristics.