A warrior for open data

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By Michelle Bruch, Southwest Journal

Tony Webster waited five months to receive a data dump of restaurant food code violations from the city of Minneapolis. But once he had the data, it took him a single night to post it online with a search engine.

“You look up any restaurant in San Francisco and you see the safety rating right there in the review. It’s a really good point of pressure for businesses to value safety and cleanliness,” Webster said. “Out of the largest 50 cities in the country, we’re the only one that doesn’t have this information online in any format.”

Webster and his new site www.mplshealth.com is part of a growing national movement advocating for open data and more transparency in government.”

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