Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the launch of the newly redesigned open data portal, OpenDataPhilly (www.opendataphilly.org), the community-run site housing all of the City’s open data sets and data sets from other public agencies, non-profit organizations, universities and commercial organizations throughout the region. The redesigned portal, which will be maintained through a partnership between Temple University Center for Public Interest Journalism (CPIJ) and local software company Azavea, is a searchable catalog that includes data sets, APIs and data-centric applications.
“Since the launch of open data in Philadelphia in 2011, our City has become a leader in the national open data movement. The redesign of OpenDataPhilly will increase access to available data, thereby enabling our citizens to become more engaged and knowledgeable and our government more accountable,” said Mayor Nutter. “Our Administration is proud to be a major contributor to OpenDataPhilly.org. I want to thank our partners and the Knight Foundation for its support in this important effort.”
This new version of the OpenDataPhilly catalog was funded in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. OpenDataPhilly.org features data sets, applications, and APIs that provide access to useful and significant data from the Philadelphia region. The site enables users to quickly search through available data sets and access links where they can download the data.
“With more than 150 of the City’s data sets currently available and many more to come, OpenDataPhilly upholds our mission to share data in a citizen-centric way,” said Adel Ebeid, Chief Innovation Officer.
Temple University School of Media and Communication Dean David Boardman added, “Ready access to government information is essential to an informed citizenry. Public records are, after all, the public’s records. But in recent years, there have been technological obstacles to accessing important public data. This effort and this partnership are changing that, and we at Temple University are delighted to be part of it.”
For more about the City of Philadelphia’s open data initiative, go to www.phila.gov/data.