Today is a big day for open data, with the release of the Energy Office’s data inventory and batches of data sets released for consumption by the Department of Commerce and the City’s GIS Services Group.
The City of Philadelphia’s Energy Office, part of the Office of Sustainability, joins eight other agencies in sharing the list of data sets generated or maintained through their operations. The list includes data sets like the amount of energy used by the City’s primary offices, captured at 15 minute intervals as well as the costs avoided through energy saving efforts.
The Energy Office serves to manage energy supply and demand for city government operations, with the mission to:
- Strategically procure cost effective, reliable, safe, clean energy and conventional energy systems for city government;
- Promote energy conservation and efficiency within City facilities by providing education, technical expertise and analysis of energy used; and
- Develop and implement projects and programs that promote the efficient use of energy and reduce the City’s environmental impact.
The Office is seeking feedback on how the data sets in the inventory might be utilized for research, application development, and more. As with other agencies participating in the inventory process, this feedback will inform which data sets they then work towards releasing to the public. To check out the list and submit your ideas, go to http://www.phila.gov/data/inventory/.
Department of Commerce
In addition, the Department of Commerce released three data sets today available now in API format and bulk download. These data sets were prioritized by the department after publishing their own inventory earlier this year and include:
- Economic Opportunity Plans
- Capturing Minority/Women/Disabled Owned Business participation in many large construction projects led by public, private, and nonprofit organizations
- Storefront Improvement Grants
- Recipients and locations of grant money to improve the exterior of their business, attracting more customers and improving the corridor on which they reside
- Office of Economic Opportunity Minority/Women/Disabled Owned Business Registry
- List of all minority, women, and disabled owned businesses that have registered with the Office of Economic Opportunity
- Note: This data set was already available for bulk download but is now also available in API format and refreshed on a nightly basis for use in applications.
For more information about the data sets catalogued by the Commerce Department and other agencies, check out the data inventory.
GIS Services Group
The City’s G.I.S. Group also released data relating to the World Meeting of Families Traffic Box. The data outlines the boundaries and bordering streets of the Traffic Box which were released during a press conference at City Hall on August 5, 2015. The Traffic Box will go into effect on on Friday, September 25th. Specific details around the Traffic Box and other security measures during the World Meeting of Families can be read about in the press release from the Mayor’s Office.
Along with Traffic Box data, the G.I.S.Services Group also released Zoning Overlay Districts data, City Council District boundaries data based on 1990 Census population information, neighborhood boundary data, and City-owned or operated building data.