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Open Source Government: San Francisco City App Store

The City of San Francisco recently opened DataSF.org, a website to help improve government transparency, and increase citizen access to city data.

Dan Gould
Dan Gould on October 1, 2009.

The City of San Francisco recently opened DataSF.org, a website to help improve government transparency, and increase citizen access to city data. One project that has spawned from this initiative is an app showcase which collects the many locally focused applications being created from this new open data.

Some of the apps include:

Crimespotting – San Francisco Crimespotting is an interactive map of crimes in San Francisco and a tool for understanding crime in cities.

EveryBlock – EveryBlock publishes a news feed for every city block in San Francisco.  Enter your street address, neighborhood or ZIP code, and the site shows you recent nearby mainstream/blog news coverage, police calls, building permits, restaurant inspections and much more — updated throughout the day, every day.

CleanScores – CleanScores is bringing you the health inspection scores of restaurants around San Francisco.
EcoFinder – EcoFinder for iPhone and iPod Touch helps you find out where to recycle and properly dispose of just about everything. You select the material you need to recycle or dispose of, and the EcoFinder will show you the relevant businesses and services closest to you.

Routesy San Francisco – Routesy will help you find your way around the Bay Area’s top transit systems — San Francisco Muni and BART — in real time. Simply choose the line you want to ride, and Routesy will show you the closest stop or station, along with real-time prediction data to make sure you make it on time.

[via Mashable]

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