The New OpenDataPhilly

We are excited to share in the announcement of the newly redesigned open data portal, OpenDataPhilly.org.  Funded in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and maintained in partnership by Temple University Center for Public Interest Journalism (CPIJ) and local software company Azavea, the new OpenDataPhilly features upgrades on both the front and back-end, creating a more user-friendly experience.

The site offers comprehensive access to the City of Philadelphia’s 150+ open data sets along with data from a growing number of other public agencies, non-profit organizations, universities and commercial organizations throughout the region. Users can quickly search, access and download data for use, follow data sets for update notifications, and offer feedback on data that is currently available.  Previously, users would not only have to check  OpenDataPhilly, but GitHub, PASDA, phlapi.com and other sites in order to find the data that they needed.  Now, all of that information is in one place, consolidated as promised in our  Open Data Strategic Plan. Unlike before, the City now also has the ability to maintain, add, and update its own data sets while still contributing to the community portal as a whole.

Moving forward, OpenDataPhilly will also support a list of unpublished data sets from the newly published Data Inventory. Like the current inventory, the community will be able to submit potential use cases and expressions of interest for individual data sets. That public feedback will be used to inform the prioritization process as data sets are queued up for release.

The launch of the new OpenDataPhilly marks a great milestone for open data in the City of Philadelphia. Open data is more accessible than ever before, with members of the community using open data to power apps, visualizations, analyses, and more. We look forward to seeing the innovative ways that you use the City’s data, too!

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