Online guide and rating website Yelp (NYSE:YELP) announced today that it is adding health inspection scores to its restaurant listings in select cities, with plans to expand its system nationwide in the future.

In addition to listing current restaurant hygiene scores, Yelp has collaborated with San Francisco and New York municipal governments to introduce a new open data standard, the "Local Inspector Value-entry Specification," or LIVE . The new rating system shows historical scores, as well as violation details .


In a blog post, CEO Jeremy Stoppelman notes that "public/private partnerships like this don't necessarily provide a direct contribution to Yelp's bottom line, but evidence suggests the LIVES open data standard will have a positive impact on society."

For more information, visit

Justin Loiseau has no position in any stocks mentioned, but he loves finding cheap Vietnamese restaurants. You can follow him on Twitter, @TMFJLo, and on Motley Fool CAPS, @TMFJLo.

The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.