DEPARTMENT OF STREETS SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON OPEN DATA PRIORITIES

Philadelphia, May 28, 2015 – As part of the City’s effort to provide transparency and accountability across all departments, the Streets Department announced it is seeking public input in order to prioritize open data sets relating to its work.

Streets is partnering with the Office of Innovation & Technology (OIT) to develop a data inventory, a list of all 101 datasets produced by the department, and has shared this list online. While the inventory does not contain the data itself, the list enables members of the public to see what data exists and how it is used.  The online site also features a submission form for members of the public to provide feedback about which datasets are important to citizens.  This public feedback will be used to prioritize the next set of open data releases from Streets.

“The Streets Department is a strong believer that its work product belongs to the public,” said Commissioner David Perri. “We are proud to be leader in government transparency by prioritizing our data releases through feedback from the general public.”

The Streets data inventory is part of a larger, citywide data inventory, giving all City departments insight into what data is produced around the city and who to contact to access it. Twelve departments have begun the process to compile data inventories, and Streets is the seventh department to complete it.

The data inventory is available at www.phila.gov/data/inventory/.  Members of the public can provide feedback by clicking “comments” next to the dataset.

 

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