alpha.phila.gov – Update #6: Accessibility

It’s important for alpha.phila.gov to be accessible for anyone regardless of physical ability, so we’ve collaborated with the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University to better understand the subject. Program Coordinators Jamie Paoli and Jule Ann Lieberman were kind enough to give us a firsthand account of how legally blind people find information on the…

Adding Socrata to the Mix

Four years ago on April 25, 2011, Philadelphia’s technology community launched OpenDataPhilly, a central clearinghouse of datasets pertaining to Philadelphia produced by government, nonprofit organizations, universities, and others. A year later, Mayor Nutter signed an executive order on open government and prioritized open data within the administration. Housing the new open data program within the…

Department of Public Health Releases Health Services Data

The Department of Public Health released five data sets today relating to Health Services provided throughout the city. The release includes: ​Ryan White HIV Treatment Centers Healthy Start Community Resource Centers Condom Distribution Sites Heart Healthy Screening Sites Air Monitoring Stations​ The data release comes just in time for the Apps for Philly Health Hackathon…

How we develop and deploy alpha.phila.gov (a WordPress site) to Amazon Web Services

As you may know, we’re building a platform for the delivery of city government services, available for public feedback right now at alpha.phila.gov. We’re starting small but thinking big, so we’re paying some attention now to devops and our overall deploy process. In planning for the development and deployment of alpha.phila.gov I set a couple of requirements:…

Play Open Data Query Quizzo this Thursday!

You wouldn’t want Philly Tech Week to interfere with your weekly quizzo. But what if it didn’t have to? The Office of Innovation and Technology has partnered with the Philadelphia School District to bring “Open Data Query Quizzo” to Philly Tech Week, an interactive dive into the school district’s open data. Quizzo participants will break…

alpha.phila.gov – Update #5: Property

The goal in redesigning phila.gov is to build a municipal website that starts with the needs of people who use it. As we dug into our web analytics, it became clear that many Philadelphians come to phila.gov for information about real estate.  Bits and pieces of property information are currently spread about, so one has…