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City Council Office
 Policy Order Resolution
  O-6
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  January 28, 2013
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
MAYOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR DECKER
COUNCILLOR MAHER
COUNCILLOR REEVES
VICE MAYOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM

WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge is known as a hub of innovation, ideas and most importantly action; and
    
WHEREAS:

Cambridge is always looking for new ways to showcase and build on its reputation as a national leader in innovation; and 

     
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the Cambridge City Council that the Code for America Peer Network is encouraging municipalities throughout the United States to participate in an up-and-coming movement to enhance the accessibility of public health data; and
    
WHEREAS: Cities across the country, including San Francisco and New York City, have made restaurant inspection information public to allow websites such as Yelp to import the data and integrate it into their mobile apps in a consumer-friendly format; and
    
WHEREAS:

In making restaurant inspection raw data available for public use, the City of Cambridge will empower its citizens to choose local eateries that prioritize proper food preparation procedures, resulting in heightened adherence to these standards in restaurants across the city; and 

 

WHEREAS:

Providing this data in raw form to the public would give the City of Cambridge a great opportunity to put its immense amount of data, innovation, and great minds to work to promote the health and well-being of our residents; now therefore be it 
     

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to look into the feasibility of participating in this initiative and report back to the Cambridge City Council.  
    

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