The City of Philadelphia Releases L&I Mobile App, Source Code Behind It

Now, the Department of License and Inspections (L&I) can be accessed through your smart phone. Whether you would like to report an issue or access information such property permits, licenses, violations, and appeals, as long as you have the Philly311 Mobile App, L&I will be available from anywhere you have service.

How does it work? There’s a new “L&I Property History” widget on the main page of the Philly311 Mobile App. Once you’ve pressed the widget, type in an address and press search.

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This data has been accessible on the L&I website for several months, but making the technology available on smart phones sets a new precedent towards government transparency and customer service.

The app’s successful launch can be attributed to the coordinated efforts of Philly311, the Department of Licenses & Inspections, and the Office of Innovation and Technology; however, interdepartmental collaboration isn’t the only thing to celebrate.

The L&I mobile app marks the first time the City of Philadelphia has released software under an open source license, encouraging software developers to review the code, suggest improvements, and build their own apps on top of it. The source code is available on the popular software repository GitHub at http://github.com/cityofphiladelphia/li

A civic programming event, “Random Hacks of Kindness” will be held this weekend. Team members behind the L&I app will be in attendance to display the app’s functionality and promote the open source project.

For more information on Random Hacks of Kindness, visit the Technically Philly blog at  http://technicallyphilly.com/2012/11/06/random-hacks-of-kindness-fourth-local-installment-of-global-hackathon-rocks-dec-1-2-with-reception .

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