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A Baltimore startup is involved in a move by Yelp to add restaurant health inspection info to its listings in San Diego, Calif.
HDScores partnered with the crowdsourced review platform as Yelp made information available through an open data standard called Local Inspector Value Entry Specification (LIVES). The standard was created in partnership with the city governments in New York and San Francisco, and is available in other cities.
Yelp now shows restaurant inspection reports, with data coming from HDScores.
In a statement, Yelp VP of Public Policy Luther Lowe said it “makes sense to bring this information to [consumers] in a channel they’re already using when they’re making a buying decision.”
Yelp and HDScores are approaching San Diego as a pilot, but HDScores founder Matthew Eierman said the startup already benefits from adding Yelp’s reach to its own apps. Since HDScores has data on 1,500 jurisdictions, he hopes to work with Yelp in other regions, too.-30-
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