Mayor Garcetti has appointed Abhi Nemani as Los Angeles' first Chief Data Officer. As part of Mayor Garcetti's effort to build a data-driven culture of innovation and excellence in city government, Nemani will work with city departments to collect and analyze data, and will lead the operation of the city's new open-data portal at https://data.lacity.org/.
Mayor Garcetti said, "I'm pleased that Abhi Nemani is joining my team to manage the collection of data citywide and create tools to use data that will help solve everyday challenges for our residents."
Los Angeles' open data initiative began with Mayor Eric Garcetti's third executive directive issued on December 18th, 2013. The directive states: "To promote transparency and accountability, the City of Los Angeles (“City”) will make publicly available raw data in easy-to-find and accessible formats. Open Data is raw data generated or collected by government agencies made freely available for use by the public, subject only to valid privacy, confidentiality, security, and other legal restrictions."