Philadelphia, July 2, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Tim Wisniewski has been appointed Chief Data Officer (CDO) for the City of Philadelphia under the Office of Innovation and Technology. In this role, Wisniewski will coordinate departmental efforts to enhance open government and civic engagement by publishing government data online and will act as the public liaison between data users and data providers. Additionally, he will oversee the management of the City’s web portfolio, application development and civic technology, including redesigning Phila.Gov as a platform for connecting the general public to open data.
“The Chief Data Officer position plays a key role in our Administration’s efforts to be more transparent, efficient and effective by facilitating information sharing between the City and its residents and between departments,” said Mayor Nutter. “Tim has a technology and community building background and he has been keenly focused on civic engagement and that clearly makes him a standout choice. Tim’s appointment will strengthen the City’s commitment to open data and refocus the Administration’s strategy. I am looking forward to the good work Tim will do with our Open Data policy.”
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wisniewski served as the City’s Director of Civic Technology where he managed projects that enhanced civic engagement for the City, like the Philly311 Mobile App and www.myPhillyRising.com. He also introduced new approaches to software design that utilized cloud, open-source and mobile-friendly design, which resulted in applications like Property Search and BigIdeasPHL.
Before joining the Administration in January 2012, Mr. Wisniewski was the Executive Director of the Frankford Special Services District, a municipal authority at which he led efforts to revitalize the Frankford Avenue Business Corridor through public safety and beautification projects. He also served as the President of the 24th Police District Advisory Council. Mr. Wisniewski is a graduate of Richmond, the American International University in London.
“I am excited to take on this tremendous opportunity, and honored to help implement the Mayor’s vision around open data,” said Wisniewski. “I’m looking forward to renewing the focus on the general public as the ultimate customer of open data, and on departments as the leaders in government transparency and civic engagement. My role will be to help facilitate communication between them and to help departments implement their open data decisions.”
Signed on April 26, 2012, Executive Order 1-12 established an Open Data policy for the City of Philadelphia, which created the Chief Data Officer position and the Open Data Working Group. It also required the City to publish data online. Since the signing and implementation of the Executive Order, the City has published more than 80 data sets, including Part One Crime incidents and property assessment data, from more than 20 City departments to the Open Data Portal.
“Philadelphia is a leader in the open data space and Tim brings the positive energy and special commitment to public service that will ensure we continue to make government even more transparent and responsive to our citizens,” said Managing Director Richard Negrin. “He is passionate, not just about open data, but about making a difference — and that’s what true public service is all about.”
Adel Ebeid, Chief Innovation Officer, added “I want to thank the Mayor for reinforcing his commitment to the Open Data program by appointing Tim as the City’s Chief Data Officer. Our goal is elevate Philadelphia’s Open Data program to be a national model and Tim is the right person to lead the program through the next phase. He has my full support and confidence.”