Resto-Net is a new site that aggregates open data from the City of Montreal to display all the eateries and establishments in the city that have received health code violations. The project was instigated by Jeff Wallace.
When visiting the site you see a map highlighting all of the locations in Montreal (and surrounding area) where there have been health infractions. For each location you can see the number of infractions, the dollar amounts of fines and the date of the latest infraction.
The statistics page shows basic analytics on the location of infractions, type of establishments and dollar amounts of the fines. You can also see the types of infractions.
It’s kind of scary to see how many infractions there are displayed on the map. And when you see a place like “Pierre Bastien” with 16 infractions or “Resto Rosie” with 11 infractions, it makes you really question whether you’d ever want to eat there.
Montreal Ouvert, which is an organization dedicated to pursuing the accessibility of open data from government and other organizations helped inspire the creation of Resto-Net — and both are doing a great job of showing what’s possible with data, and how it can impact people’s lives for the better, improving decision making, etc.