Data geeks are stoked. That’s because the city of San Diego just launched its new open data portal. The site provides access to 44 different data sets that people can play with, including information about solar panel permits, street sweeping schedules, water-quality testing results, parking meter stats and more.
“And this is just the beginning,” said Almis Udrys, the director of performance and analytics for the city of San Diego.
Udrys joined hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts this week to talk about the new portal and the opportunities it affords residents, software developers who might use the data to create useful apps and city staff, which now has a more efficient way to access information and put it to use.
Udrys said the site is more accessible than similar municipal portals across the country.
“What we want to do that’s a little bit different than some other portals you might see out there is we want to actually understand all the data we’re publishing,” he said. “We don’t just want to take a dump from every department, put it out there and [make it] a free-for-all that could be wrong.”
He said his team understands the data and is ready to answer any questions that come up.
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Open data is a great catalyst to interesting solutions and conversations. Great news that this is finally a permanent position and perspective.
Big Data requires Comprehensive Data Sets.
If important/significant parts of the Data Set are missing, then the analysis is incomplete, results should not be used.
The solution is to Only analyze Full Comprehensive Data Sets. Without Political manuvering. Let the numbers tell the story.
Example 1: 2015 Resident Satisfaction Survey Results, March 8, 2016 Item-330.
Although Many San Diegoans stated that Homelessness was their Number 1 Civic Concern, Mayor Faulconer's 2015 Residential Satisfaction Survey Results, basically ignored everyone's Homeless concerns, then discarded the outlaying negative data point for Homeless Satisfaction. See Pages 8, 38, 39, 49.
-61% of San Diegans were Not Satisfied with Mayor Faulconer's and the City Council's Lack of Actions and Solutions on Homeless Issues. -61% = F = Failure.
By purposely excluding Homeless issues from the Full Data Set, +47% of San Diego Citizens were "Very Satisfied" with City staff performance. Not sure what the percentage results would be if the Negative Homeless number were included in the Full Data Set.