Holiday Wishlist Part 1: Stable homes

This holiday season, the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) shares data that can help individuals and communities protect homes from foreclosure. Data at a Glance: OHCD’s Homes Saved Program data, list of Housing Counseling Agencies, and Neighborhood Advisory Committee data. Securing Homes Saving Homes from Foreclosure. Often the most affordable home is the…

Dive Deeper Into the City’s Budget

This past March, the City of Philadelphia released its Open Budget tool, a top-down visualization of Mayor Nutter’s budget proposal to City Council. The data release was unprecedented in Philadelphia; the tool allowed users to drill-down through the proposed budget by funding source, department, and expense-type. The data was also available in a downloadable open…

Putting Data into Practice for Sustainability Initiatives

As part of Code for Philly’s Apps for Philly Sustainability hackathon this last weekend, tech-savvy students and established developers broke into teams to draft online or apps-based tools to support sustainability efforts. After teams presented their projects, a panel of experts in technology, sustainability, and social impact gave feedback and suggestions on how to further…

Crash Data & Oodles of Water Data Released for Sustainability Hackathon

Ten new data sets and three data refreshes have all been released just in time for the Apps for Philly Sustainability event this weekend. Many data sets come from the Philadelphia Water Department, highlighting the department’s work in Green Stormwater Infrastructure along with locations of infrastructure and information about rainfall. Water Department Green Stormwater Infrastructure…

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Releases Upcoming Activities Data

A public data set has been released from the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) Program Division. The data, which is a list of upcoming activities, can be found at Open Data Philly. It contains data that have always been available publicly but is now provided in multiple formats. Previously, activity data was only available through…

Streets and Sustainability Data Released for Hackathon

Seven new data sets and five data set refreshes are being released in preparation for the upcoming Sustainability Hackathon, hosted by Code for Philly taking place October 16th-18th. The batch of data sets were prioritized by the Streets Department and the Office of Sustainability for release in response to public feedback received during the open…

PHLMaps adds Visual Imagery Dating Back to 1996

Do you use Google Maps? Yahoo Maps? If you’re in Philadelphia, you could be using PHLmaps. The City of Philadelphia’s GIS Services Group has created a high-quality, public mapping service packed with valuable data. Built on the cloud-based ArcGIS platform, the free, interactive service leverages data the City has been producing and acquiring for years.…