Mayor Garcetti and Esri Launch Innovative Platform That Puts Open Data To Work
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Esri President Jack Dangermond today unveiled the City of Los Angeles’ new GeoHub — one of the nation’s most complete collections of urban map data. The GeoHub builds on Mayor Garcetti’s third Executive Directive, which created L.A.’s first open data portal. By making more than 500 types of map data available to residents, city workers, and private industry, the GeoHub helps Angelenos better understand their communities, and City departments better coordinate construction, road paving, and public safety efforts.
“On its own, data gives us important insights into how our city works, and now we are putting open data to work,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The GeoHub provides real-time access to all the data we need in one convenient place, allowing us to improve everything from pothole repair to 311 call times, make smarter urban planning decisions, and make it easier for emergency responders to get to their next location. This is back to basics at its best.”
The Los Angeles GeoHub was created in collaboration with Esri, the world’s leader in geographic information systems (GIS) technology.
By pooling key data sets, and mapping their locations, City departments are now equipped with additional tools to get their work done more quickly and efficiently. For example, by providing a complete picture of what’s happening on the streets of Los Angeles — including real-time traffic data, road obstructions, the inspection status of nearby buildings, business activity, and even the nearest fire hydrants — GeoHub can help firefighters, sanitation workers, utility workers and all City personnel better understand the neighborhoods they serve.
Built on Esri’s ArcGIS platform, GeoHub pools map data layers from more than 20 different departments — allowing users to create living maps and build custom applications to solve pressing challenges and optimize city services.
“We are thrilled to partner with Mayor Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles to launch a data insight model that includes powerful collaborative and do-it-yourself mapping tools,” said Esri President Jack Dangermond. “Our hope is that other communities around the world will follow Mayor Garcetti’s lead and enable public works, transportation, health services, and other agencies to share location data and analysis in real time. That kind of data accessibility and transparency boosts community engagement. It also creates trusted networks that link local government to its businesses and its citizens.”
To show the power and range of the hub, the City is developing three “flagship” applications: “Streetwize,” which shows all of the permitted activity on the City’s public right of ways; “The Road to 2400,” which tracks the Bureau of Street Services’ progress on paving at least 2,400 lane miles per year; and “Vision Zero High Injury Network,” which can help improve pedestrian safety by providing users with key information — including where schools and high speed streets intersect.
The L.A. GeoHub is an important pillar in Mayor Garcetti’s broader strategy of using technology and data to delivery transparency, efficiency, and community engagement. Explore the L.A. GeoHub at http://geohub.lacity.org.
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