Developing an Open Data API Strategy

As the City of Philadelphia’s open data strategy matures, we’re investing time in building out the infrastructure to support public facing Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). These are the components that will be used to develop maps, apps and services that take the city’s data and add value to users throughout Philadelphia. There are a number…

Introducing ArcOpen

The Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) has embraced a strategy of sharing the city’s geospatial data through the social coding site GitHub. While OIT has used GitHub to share open source software and other assets for more than a year, over the last several months GitHub announced a bunch of new features to support…

Showcasing Philly’s Civic Applications

Among the most important components of a successful government open data program are outreach to data consumers and the development of an active community of users that work to create interesting and valuable end products with city data. In the City of Philadelphia, we’ve worked hard to collaborate and support the incredible work that is…

Updates to Philly Open Data Pipeline

Several month ago, we published for the first time an internal working list of data sets that staff in the Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) – and other city departments – were working to release to the public. Since then, we’ve been using this list to inform the public about the open data sets…

Empowering Civic Leaders & Neighborhood Heroes

Much of the work we do as part of the City of Philadelphia’s open data initiative is about empowerment – empowering people to use city data to create a useful service, application or visualization about our city. By releasing data in easily consumable formats and reaching out to the community and encouraging experimentation and innovation,…

Using Data in the Fight Against Poverty

Recently the City of Philadelphia unveiled a new, comprehensive anti-poverty strategy called Shared Prosperity Philadelphia. This multifaceted plan is focused on delivering a “holistic approach to understanding, confronting and reducing the effects of poverty and creating a more thriving, prosperous Philadelphia for every citizen.” An important component of this new effort is the identification of…