Article on GovTech.com: http://www.govtech.com/civic/Whats-New-in-Civic-Tech-Activism-Sites-Rise-Under-Trump.html (second article on pages reference San Mateo County)

MARIN COUNTY, CALIF., SHARES NEW DATA PORTAL, PLANS HACKATHON

To make online information available to residents, California's Marin County has a new portal for analytics and reports, with data that includes emergency medical response rates, food safety inspection results, kindergarten immunizations and more.

The new portal for this information, dubbed Marin County Open Data, aims to share data with residents in order to bolster conversation and analysis, ultimately fostering discussions of potential solutions for challenges in the county, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The portal was created by the county’s department of information services and technology. 

“We’re excited about this because we’ve been working to enhance access to information and self-service by sharing data with the public," said Rwena Holaday, assistant director of the department, in a press release. "We’re making non-personal public information broadly accessible. We’re eager to provide a means to engage with the local software developer community about the most effective ways to use this information.”

To build on the effort, the county will host a hackathon for students on April 1, wherein participants will use Marin County Open Data to create technical solutions for local health challenges. 

Marin County Open Data was developed with Seattle-based Socrata. With its launch, Marin joins the open data movement, which includes neighbors such as the city and county of San Francisco, San Mateo County, and Alameda County. Marin has previously committed to better governance through technology as part of its Five-Year Business Plan.