L.A. Again Named No. 1 Digital City

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 2

Controller Galperin’s Tech & Data Program Drive City to Top Spot in U.S. Digital Survey

View Los Angeles’s Data Panels at http://www.lacontroller.org

Los Angeles – The Center for Digital Government (CDG) ranked Los Angeles at the top of its 2016 Digital Cities Survey — which recognizes cities using technology to improve services, enhance transparency and encourage engagement. In naming Los Angeles the nation’s top digital big city, the Center cited L.A.’s open data efforts. City Controller Ron Galperin launched the City's first open data portal, ControlPanel LA, in the fall of 2013.

“Our spot at the top of the rankings is recognition that we’re using open data to increase transparency and accountability, and to make Los Angeles’s government more responsive,” said Controller Galperin.

The Controller’s extensive open data program offers an array of raw data, charts, graphs, story maps, infographics, and interactive dashboards.

Last month, Galperin released an interactive map of City-owned properties built around the most comprehensive database of Los Angeles real estate assets ever compiled.

The last time Los Angeles topped the CDG’s survey list, in 2014, judges made special note of Galperin’s CheckbookLA site, where users can view all of the City’s expenditures.

“Angelenos know that our website is the place to come for useful information about the workings of their City,” said Galperin. “And through our valuable collaborations with the Mayor’s office and the Information Technology Agency, managers are using our data to run L.A. more efficiently and increase the quality of City services.”

Controller Galperin’s open data panels, available at www.lacontroller.org, include:

  • ControlPanel, with information about the City’s financials and performance data;

  • UtilityPanel, with financial information and performance data about the Dept. of Water and Power;

  • GeoPanel, with interactive maps relating to the City’s finances and programs;

  • EconomyPanel, which allows users to view demographic and economic data about the City at the hyper-local neighborhood level;

  • PropertyPanel, which is the most comprehensive map of City properties ever assembled.

According to the CDG, judges selected the winners based on six criteria, including priorities; demonstrated return on investment; progress over the previous year; creative/innovative approaches; effective collaboration; and successful measures of transparency, privacy and security. The top-ranked cities were determined to be “the most strategic, efficient and innovative guardians of public-sector tech in the nation.”

The top-ranked cities received awards on Nov. 17 at the National League of Cities’ annual conference in Pittsburgh.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.