DataSF .org – A Local Search SEO Spammer’s Dream Come True


San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome announced today on TechCrunch that the City has released more than 100 structured data sets for developers to use via DataSF.org.  According to the article:

The new web site will provide a clearinghouse of structured, raw and machine-readable government data to the public in an easily downloadable format. For example, there will be updated crime incident data from the police department and restaurant inspection data from the Department of Public Health. The initial phase of the web site includes more than 100 datasets, from a range of city departments, including Police, Public Works, and the Municipal Transportation Agency.

We imagine creative developers taking apartment listings and city crime data and mashing it up to help renters find their next home or an iPhone application that shows restaurant ratings based on health code violations.

This is a very cool development for a couple of reasons:

1. We are going to start to see a lot of interesting services developed on top of this data

2. This could be a great testbed for the Yellow Pages API deluge that I keep prophesizing about

3. I would bet any amount of money that we are going to start to see a ton of San Francisco DUI related sites that extract the DUI data from the crime reports.  Average cost per click for “San Francisco DUI Attorney” according to the Google Keyword Tool:  $31.23.  Let the spamming begin…

Tags: Local Data

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jeff Howard // Aug 20, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Pittsburgh has a new iphone applications to gather citizen feedback.

    iburgh – http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09230/991552-53.stm
    lets users take pictures of things that need fixed in the city and send it.

    http://www.pittsburgh2050.com/ – allows users to make comments by location on what the city should improve. Or more specifically what the city can shoot for in 2050. This one was built pro bono.

  • 2 John Musca // Sep 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    That is because DUI sites make money 😉