San Mateo County opens access to key public data

From San Bruno CA Patch:  How well do San Mateo County third-graders score on reading assessments? What is the assessed value of real estate in Brisbane? How long does it take to travel across San Mateo County in a car? In a bus? On the train?

San Mateo County is throwing open the doors to a treasure trove of public information with the launch of the San Mateo County Open Data Portal, accessible at

Residents wishing to review data collected by any of San Mateo County’s departments will be able to search and review the information online, 24/7, without having to file a request or stand in line.

San Mateo County is committed to transparency and open government, and the new Open Data Portal will allow the public to review the same data, studies and information that the government uses to design academic programs, development guidelines and transportation solutions.

“Every single County department, from criminal justice to social services to parks and road construction, is going to begin posting its data on the Portal,” said San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum.

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