Promoting public access to government data throughout Los Angeles County

A collaboration between the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the USC Price School of Public Policy, Open Data LA's first project is a framework for tracking the status of open data initiatives throughout the greater Los Angeles region.

Open Data LA workshop connects community leaders and city officials

City governments around the world have started to release public data sets (called “open data”) that can help communities and businesses address issues in areas such as transportation, healthcare, and economic development. The USC Open Data LA team partnered with the City of Pasadena to host a workshop on October 25 for city officials, application developers, thought leaders, and interested citizens… Read more →

Join us in Pasadena to discuss open data on October 25, 2014

In partnership with the City of Pasadena, we’re hosting a discussion of open data (and free lunch) on Saturday, October 25 as part of Innovate Pasadena Connect Week, a series of independently organized seminars, workshops, and social events unfolding in venues across the city of Pasadena throughout the week of October 20-26. Please RSVP here! This informal convening will give city officials,… Read more →

Open data terms and conditions: Problems hidden in the fine print

Steven Adler, chief information strategist for IBM, points out a huge flaw in some governments’ open data license terms in his article Open Data Is Not Open for Business. Here’s an example from Chicago: The City reserves the right to discontinue availability of content on this website at any time and for any reason. Adler writes, “Dear Chicago, your Open… Read more →


It’s just journalism

I wish I could be in San Francisco this week for the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference.  There’s a session on something open data every day, starting with “Open Records:  Strategies for Successful Negotiations.” Here’s the panel description: “Digging out documents is a key part of life as an investigative reporter. But it seems that governments at all levels… Read more →

The Gooooooooooooooals of Open Data

In our first blog post, my colleague Liz talked about the various definitions of “open data,” its common characteristics, and some of the open data efforts already underway. In the end, she noted that “open data is all about unlocking the massive amount of information that already exists.” For open data advocates, this unlocking of information promotes the power of… Read more →

What is Open Data LA?

The purpose of Open Data LA is to foster open data initiatives in the greater Los Angeles region through multidisciplinary research and other activities. In May 2015, we released a report that proposes a framework for tracking the status of open data initiatives throughout the greater Los Angeles region. Open Data LA is a joint project between the USC Annenberg… Read more →