L.A. County supervisors OK creation of open-data website

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took a large step Tuesday toward joining the growing "open data" movement of making government statistics readily available to anyone with a computer and Internet connection.

Supervisors authorized creation of a website to be a "one-stop shop" for information on budgets, crime statistics, welfare and the like that could be used and redistributed without any legal, social or technological limitations.

The Open Data Initiative calls for the county's chief information officer to put statistics already publicly available through individual departments onto a single platform and to assemble a task force to identify other data sets at the county's disposal that could be made available in machine-readable format and added to the new open-data portal. The task force is to report to the board within 90 days. Continue>>>