LA Counts news

  • Community profiles, data visualizations, and you

    More than likely you’ve already seen the new LA Counts redesign. If not, please take a tour around the site after finishing this blog post. A very brief history to set up this post: our initial launch in November of 2017 featured open data and data stories, and this new release further extends our commitment to open data and open source technology. We relaunched in March 2019 with a full-on CKAN implementation and tweaked the site design. Among other modifications for version 2.0 of our homepage, we included a bubble graphic—a data visualization—that illustrates the data publishers that LA Counts harvests datasets from. This graphic serves two purposes: one, it allows visitors to quickly understand the amount of data that publishers we’re harvesting contribute to the site; and two, it also acts as a data visualization idea placeholder. A data visualization idea placeholder? Let’s... Read more
  • So, what is this LA Counts thing?

    LA Counts is both a website and a growing group of data practitioners, hackers, civic activists, journalists, researchers, students and government workers using open data to tell the stories of Los Angeles County and make it better, safer, cleaner and more equitable. Co-developed with Angelenos, LA Counts is offered as a public good for civic engagement and participation. Our sweet spot? Making all data about Los Angeles County openly accessible, transparent and accountable. Our hypothesis? That a data-focused community of practice armed with simple, searchable access to data centered on specific problem areas can contribute insight, suggest solutions, and provide vision toward an improved Los Angeles County. For years, funders, philanthropists, and government officials have had to make do with limited amounts of available public data or bear the cost to find or improve that data.... Read more