New video: How community leaders, citizens, journalists, and others can use Open Data Philly

We just posted another tutorial on the new OpenDataPhilly channel on YouTube:

Welcome to Open Data Philly, the public portal that connects people with Philadelphia-related data.

In this tutorial, we’re going to discuss how community leaders, citizens journalists, and other interested parties can use Open Data Philly to help them with a variety of tasks.

And if you’re looking for data and you don’t find it, you’ll be interested to know that the City of Philadelphia has hundreds of datasets that it hasn’t released. The City maintains a website showing the current dataset inventory, and there is a form, called an Open Data Request, that users can submit in order to request data in the city’s inventory.

The Open Data Request form is a PDF file that contains instructions, along with a paper form that you must print and complete. This form must be mailed or faxed to the appropriate Open Data Officer of the city department that maintains the data you are requesting. The names and contact information for each Open Data Officer are included in the instructions.

Visit: opendataphilly.org

More info: Redesigned Open Data Philly site goes live

 

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Video intro: Welcome to Open Data Philly

We just posted our first tutorial on the new OpenDataPhilly channel on YouTube:

Welcome to Open Data Philly, the public portal that connects people with Philly data. Open Data Philly is a portal that provides access to data about the Philadelphia region. Most of this data is in the form of downloadable data, online apps, and Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, which is a fancy term for data that can be used by a programmer to create a computer application program. There are other formats as well, and we use the term “data sets” to refer to any of them. Visit: opendataphilly.org

More info: Redesigned Open Data Philly site goes live

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CPIJ partnering on Next Mayor debate

The Center for Public Interest Journalism and Next Mayor project partners will host a debate among Democratic mayoral candidates at the Temple Performing Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. on May 4th, shortly before Philadelphia’s primary election.

Confirmed participants include Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, Jim Kenney, Doug Oliver and Anthony Williams. The event will be co-moderated by Philadelphia Daily News Editorial Page Editor Sandra Shea and WHYY Senior Reporter Dave Davies.

PHL_MayorLogo_TallRegister online now to reserve your seat for this free public event, and check this map for directions.

The event will cover the key issues facing the city, including education, taxes, quality of life, economic development, transportation, technology policy and more, according to a report from Philly.com.

The Next Mayor staff will field questions for the candidates via Twitter, using the #NextMayorPHL hashtag and addressed to @phillydotcom.

Follow the Next Mayor project online now at: nextmayor.philly.com.

Partners include Philly.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, WHYY/Newsworks, The Committee of Seventy, Technically Philly, WURD Radio, Young Involved Philadelphia and others.

Temple students from the School of Media and Communication are contributing multimedia content to the project in coordination with coursework in a combination of graduate and undergraduate classes. Among the classes involved with the projects is the award-winning capstone course, Philadelphia Neighborhoods.

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Redesigned Open Data Philly site goes live

A newly redesigned version of OpenDataPhilly.org, the community-driven open data portal for the Philadelphia region, is now live online, thanks to a partnership which includes Temple University, the City of Philadelphia, and Azavea, a local software firm.

Open Data Philly provides a hub for all of the city’s open data sets, as well data from other public agencies, non-profits, universities, and commercial organizations.

“Ready access to government information is essential to an informed citizenry,” according to David Boardman, Dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple.

“Public records are, after all, the public’s records. But in recent years, there have been technological obstacles to accessing important public data,” Boardman says, pointing out that “this effort and this partnership are changing that, and we at Temple University are delighted to be part of it.”

You can search OpenDataPhilly.org for data sets, applications, and APIs that provide access to useful and significant data on the Philadelphia region.

The new version was funded in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and it is maintained by a partnership between the Center for Public Interest Journalism and Azavea.

“By increasing access to open data, OpenDataPhilly encourages better and more open government and a more engaged and knowledgeable citizenry,” according to a city press release.

More info: MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEWLY REDESIGNED OPEN DATA PORTAL

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CPIJ announces Next Mayor collaboration with local media partners

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Press release from the Temple University School of Media and Communication:

The Center for Public Interest Journalism today announced today it will join Philadelphia Media Network – owner of Philly.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News – and others in a foundation-funded partnership designed to support high-quality reporting on the 2015 Philadelphia mayoral campaign.

“The Next Mayor” project is designed to provide voters with fresh and critical content on the race for the city’s next mayor, with a sharp focus on the major issues facing Philadelphia. The Next Mayor website (nextmayor.philly.com), will include original content, as well as content from The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and from participating partners, some of whom include WHYY/Newsworks, The Committee of Seventy citizens’ group, 900-AM WURD, Technical.ly Philly, and Young Involved Philadelphia.

Temple students from the School of Media and Communication will contribute multimedia content to the project in coordination with coursework in a combination of graduate and undergraduate classes. Among the classes involved with the projects is the award-winning capstone course Philadelphia Neighborhoods.

“We are thrilled to be part of this innovative venture, which represents the kind of collaboration that is necessary in these times when journalism is under such great financial pressure,” said David Boardman, Dean of the School of Media and Communication and the former editor-in-chief of The Seattle Times. “We’re grateful to Wyncote for supporting it, and the voters of Philadelphia will be the beneficiaries.”

The Philadelphia-based Wyncote Foundation has awarded $350,000 to support the project. Wyncote Foundation was founded with funds from the Otto and Phoebe Haas Charitable Trusts and makes grants in arts and culture; education; the environment; health and human services, preservation; and public media and journalism. “Combining the extraordinary reach of Philly.com, with the excellent work of journalists at PMN and partner organizations will give voters a singular opportunity to become informed on the key issues facing the city,” said David Haas, a Wyncote board member.

“The Next Mayor” will elevate reporting above the din of campaign commercials, rhetoric and horse-race polling, bringing in the voices of citizens and spotlighting issues of importance to them. The unique collaboration will help broaden the base of informed voters, and enlarge coverage for civic convenings throughout the city.

“Philly.com is very excited to serve as the digital host to such an esteemed array of partners,” said Stan Wischnowski, vice president of news operations for PMN. “The strength of this collaboration is that each partner brings a unique perspective, yet we’re all focused on reaching as many Philadelphians as possible with a rich mix of issues-oriented reporting, analysis and civic engagement.”

“WHYY/NewsWorks looks forward to working with our partners to provide the voters of Philadelphia with timely, useful, in-depth coverage of the election, said Chris Satullo, vice president, news and civic dialogue. “And we thank the Wyncote Foundation for this generous, public-spirited investment in quality journalism.”

About the Center for Public Interest Journalism (CPIJ)
CPIJ was established in 2010 to support programming and projects intended to improve the quantity and quality of public interest news and information in the Greater Philadelphia area. The center is supported by the William Penn Foundation and the Temple University Journalism Department, under the direction of Program Manager Jim MacMillan.

About Philadelphia Neighborhoods
Philadelphia Neighborhoods provides a form of hyper-local coverage missing from our urban communities: journalism street by street. The program serves as the cornerstone of the Department of Journalism’s mission to better tell stories in the undercovered and underserved neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Each semester students concentrate their news coverage in a targeted Philadelphia neighborhood, providing it with topical information and news from the community. The program, directed by George Miller, has won numerous Keystone Student Press, EPPY and Society of Professional Journalists awards.

Media Contact:
David Boardman
Dean, School of Media & Communication
(215) 204-4822

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