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Open Food Inspection Data

Food safety plays a critical role in any public health program. The Local Inspector Value-entry Specification (LIVES) lets citizens better use inspection results to inform where they will eat next.

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Foodies and Open Data Enthusiasts Rejoice

San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee and the popular restaurant review site Yelp jointly announced an exciting step forward for foodies and data enthusiasts alike — not only in San Francisco but all over the country.

The City and County of San Francisco, City of New York, and Yelp have collaborated to develop the Local Inspector Value-entry Specification (LIVES): an open data standard which allows municipalities to publish restaurant inspection information to Yelp or any other website that provides restaurant listings..

Transparency is good for public health outcomes. When the City of Los Angeles required that restaurants display hygiene grade cards on their entrances, studies found it led to a 13% decrease in hospitalizations due to food borne illness.

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Apps and Outcomes


  • Yelp

    Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists and mechanics. Yelp had an average of approximately 132 million monthly unique visitors in Q1 2014.

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