LA gets high-speed line for its data

LA gets high-speed line for its data

The city of Los Angeles is opening its databases and computers to California’s research and education network, giving the education community access to city data 1,000 times faster than before.

The city is joining the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, which will allow Los Angeles to plug into the CENIC-managed California Research and Education Network (CalREN), officials said.

Joining CalREN will provide high-speed delivery of the city’s data to the state’s K-20 students, educators, researchers and 10,000-member institutions, including Los Angeles-area colleges and universities. In turn, all the city’s open data can be used and accessed by researchers from the educational community faster.

Los Angeles already publishes more than 1,000 datasets on its open data portals Data.lacity and GeoHub.lacity. This information ranges from public safety and transportation data to sustainability measures and economic assets, and is used by researchers for academic analysis, and by companies to build citizen-facing apps and digital services.

The new partnership, referred to as the “Big Cities, Big Data” initiative, expands on advancing Los Angeles as a smart city through the “high capacity collection, use and sharing of city-scale data and information technology,” according to CENIC.

“When we open our data to the public, and commit ourselves to making it more easily available, we create limitless potential for innovation, discovery and new understanding,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Ultimately, CENIC plans to create a platform for a California Communities Data-Sharing project, where all California cities connect to CENIC’s network, research community and to one another to share and analyze data and create new applications.

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.

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