January 24, 2013 is the inaugural Data Innovation Day and the City of Philadelphia is using this opportunity to showcase what we are doing with open data and innovation. The purpose of Data Innovation Day “is to raise awareness about the benefits and opportunities that come from increased use of information by individuals and the public and private sector.”
The City will be participating in Data Innovation Day as a partner organization – we’re teaming up with our friends in the Philadelphia Code for America Brigade to hold a special civic app workshop on the evening of January 24th at the Devnuts hacker space in Northern Liberties.
Earlier in the day, we’ll be rolling out some brand new open data sets for people to use to build new and interesting projects at the event.
The objective of Data Innovation Day is to highlight what is possible when open data is put to use by people with big ideas. One of the objectives of the City’s open data program is to build partnerships with external users of data, to encourage the development of new data-driven applications and services for city residents. We can’t think of a better way to underscore what we’re attempting to do with our open data program in Philadelphia than to take part in a great event like Data Innovation Day.
If you’re interested in finding out more about City data, learning what other people are using data to build, or just want to meet other people interested in using open data we’ll hope you’ll join us on January 24th.