CPIJ hosts visiting officials; honored for poverty reporting collaboration

Above: City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski addresses the visitors.

Above: City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski addresses the visitors.

Open Data Philly leaders host international guests

Last month, Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia — the region’s international relations organization — requested a meeting between the people behind Open Data Philly and a party of six government and NGO officials visiting through the Open Government Partnership, a part of the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership program.

Open Data Philly — a catalog of open data in the Philadelphia region — is maintained though a partnership including the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology and Azavea, a geospatial analysis (GIS) software development firm here in Philadelphia.

Guests from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Slovakia were greeted by Jim MacMillan of CPIJ, who offered a brief overview of open data and data journalism.

Azavea founder and president Robert Cheetham details the history of Open Data Philly.

Azavea founder and president Robert Cheetham details the history of Open Data Philly.

Next, Azavea founder and president Robert Cheetham delivered an overview and history of Open Data Philly, including how his company built the data portal and what it contains today.

City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski, who made the city’s Innovation Lab available for the gathering, concluded with a presentation covering best practices inside government as well as how the city got involved with Open Data Philly, what’s been a accomplished and what’s next.

Following the event, Citizen Diplomacy International program officer Lissa Morinsky said the event “helped make the Philadelphia region look great to another part of the world.”

CPIJ, partners honored with Clarion Award

Tapped Out,” a collaboration detailing the impact of poverty in Philadelphia, was recently recognized as the best newspaper investigative series by the Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications.

Partners included the Philadelphia Daily News, WHYY, AxisPhilly, Media Mobilizing Project and the Center for Public Interest Journalism. The Center helped organize preliminary meetings and supported, designed and analyzed a citywide survey through which nearly 350 randomly selected people from across the city were phoned. More information:CPIJ supports “Tapped Out” collaborative special report on poverty from the Philadelphia Daily News

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