In a press release last week, Socrata, world leader in cloud solutions for open data and data-driven governments, announced that it will be teaming up with Yelp to present consumers with transparent and understandable restaurant inspection data from government databases.
Socrata pointed out that through the agreed terms, Yelp will become part of their Open Data Network™. Through this network, Yelp will be tied in with government customers from around the world to source these sought after rating and, further, pass them along to consumers everywhere.
The purpose of this partnership is to allow unparalleled restaurant inspection information to be distributed and to help improve health conditions throughout communities, globally.
In light of this new partnership, Yelp is quite excited. "We're thrilled to be working with Socrata and its network of partners to make this valuable information more accessible to the millions of people that turn to Yelp every month. This was a joint effort as part of Yelp's Local Inspector Value Entry Specification (LIVES) open data standard, which enables local municipalities to accurately upload restaurant health inspection scores for display on Yelp business pages," stated Yelp CEO and Co-Founder, Jeremy Stoppelman.
According to Socrata, gathering restaurant inspection information from government databases can be somewhat of a daunting task. Socrata aims to reduce this through their Open Data Portal™ solution, which give guidance to their government customers on how to connect this restaurant inspection data to Yelp.
The press release explains, "The strategic partnership between Socrata and Yelp, as well as their new solution, is a first in that it helps governments unlock this data while normalizing and presenting it to everyday consumers in a way that is easy to understand and in a context with which they are familiar."
No date has been given as to when to expect the restaurant inspection data to roll-out and become available publicly.