TechWire: LA's First-Ever Chief Data Officer Loves Hackers

Open data refers to information that is openly released to the public for use by anybody. Nemani said he wants to use the [open data] website, which works as a central depository for numbers including employment rates, crime data and information on city services, to make a more effective government in Los Angeles.

"Often times the city or communities have the data," Nemani said. "What’s needed is leadership to bring data and technology together effectively."