An open database of Montreal's health inspections


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About the project Edit

Resto-net is a Web site focused on health inspection fines at restaurants in the city of Montreal. The information shown on the site is taken from the website of the City of Montréal. It is one of the first "open data" initiatives spontaneously launched in Montreal.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Resto-net shows the restaurants with the highest number of health infractions as well as infractions by category, infraction by establishment type, infractions by amounts, time between infractions and judgments, etc. It also shows a Google map of the incriminated restaurants and isolates geographical "clusters" (districts) of health & hygiene infringements.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The site allows citizens (customers) to identify restaurants that do not respect the right code of conduct. It helps the community put pressure on restaurants owners and managers in order to take the appropriate measures. It also conveys a culture of collective responsibility by pushing people to "vote with their feet" through potential boycotts of such or such selling point.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Such a Web site can be developed in virtually any city in the world in which access to data sets of health inspections are readily available. As a public open data initiative, resto-net has already a number of sister sites in major cities.

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