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Cities partner with Yelp to post restaurant health ratings

California, always in the forefront of avant-garde health fads, has a new San Francisco treat, this one aided by hometown tech company Yelp, a provider of online reviews and directories.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee last week announced a partnership with Yelp to link the city's restaurant health score data with the Yelp restaurant review website, according to GovTech.

Yelp and tech teams from San Francisco and New York created the Local Inspector Value-Entry Specification (LIVES)  software for city health departments and other inspection officials to upload health inspection scores to the Yelp database.

The process has started with some San Francisco restaurants’ health inspection scores available online, with health scores for the rest of the city’s restaurants expected to be posted within the next couple of weeks, said Jay Nath, the city's chief innovation officer, in an announcement from the city.  Data from New York City is expected to be added in coming weeks and Philadelphia and other cities could follow, he said.

 “By making often hard-to-find government information more widely available to innovative companies like Yelp, we can make government more transparent and improve public health outcomes for our residents through the power of technology,” Lee said in a prepared statement. The mayor also chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors Technology and Innovation Task Force.

Lee and Yelp want the restaurant health ratings system eventually to become part of the LIVES nationwide open data standard that will be open to all cities on a voluntary basis.

Posted by David Hubler on Jan 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM


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