Esri has launched DataLB, a comprehensive data hub for Long Beach, Calif. The hub makes the city's geospatial analytics data available online to the public. The technology enables citizens, businesses and academic institutions to use geographic information for better decision-making.

"DataLB will make huge amounts of city data accessible to the public, staff and anyone who is interested in learning about or improving our community," says Garcia Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. "Long Beach is doing more than just making data public; we are actually making it easy for people to see data in maps and use the site and apps to track public works projects, open new businesses, and find other resources."

Since 2014, Garcia has been committed to implementing Esri technology within the city to display data in maps and make information easily discoverable and shareable between departments over the Web. DataLB extends these capabilities to the public, with an easily accessible online portal.

As a public engagement tool, DataLB reveals city data that was previously only accessible to internal staff. Also, the portal contains an open data section that enables anyone to map and create visual reports of whatever data they want, such as the rate of homelessness in certain areas.

"Providing data online is not a new concept in government," says Bryan M. Sastokas, Long Beach chief information officer. "But the City of Long Beach wants to drive beyond presenting data online, and our DataLB hub is an innovative approach that allows the public to operationalize data, making it more useful to the community and building on the city's commitment to transparency."

To see a list of smart communities and create a hub, visit go.esri.com/pr-be-a-hub.

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has provided customers worldwide tools to think and plan geographically. A specialist in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations including each of the 200 largest cities in the U.S., most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications run on more than 1 million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers. Esri provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server and Internet platforms.