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.