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Philadelphia Embraces The World Of Open Data

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, April 27 2012

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter Photo: Flickr/Susan Beard/Knight Foundation

Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter signed an executive order Thursday that establishes a comprehensive new open data policy that includes the appointment of a chief data officer, and firm deadlines for the establishment ... Read More

Report: Philadelphia Mayor Plans For An Open Data Policy

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, April 26 2012

Philadelphia's Mayor Michael A. Nutter was scheduled to sign an executive order to establish an open data policy on Thursday, the Philadelphia tech blog Technically Philly reported.

Mayor Nutter's online Google Calendar confirmed this, yet ironically no other details about the executive order were available online at the time of this blog post. We've sent in a query to the Mayor's press office to find out more.

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'Through the Wall:' Code for America, One Year On

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 17 2011

Image courtesy Code for America

Code for America launched last year to see if coding talent and information-technology knowledge could help big municipal governments make their cities better without spending a whole lot of money, modernizing city hall ... Read More

Citizen-Sourced Redistricting Efforts Are Reaching the Finish Line

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 8 2011

FixPhillyDistricts.com Philadelphia's City Council is expected to propose on Thursday a new set of political borders to last the city through the next ten years — and the results will be a barometer of success for ... Read More

Code for America Will Send Geeks for a Year of Service in Philly, Detroit, and Macon

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 7 2011

Programmers and other technologists will spend a year in city halls in Philadelphia, Penn., Macon, Ga., and Detroit, Mich. next year as part of the Code for America fellowship program, the organization announced ... Read More

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Says: Don't Call Riots 'Flash Mobs'

BY Nick Judd | Friday, August 12 2011

Walk into the right church, apparently, and you hear Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter excoriate young black people for the violence that is making some residents of his city afraid to go downtown at night. But while ... Read More

Gathering Support to Fix Philly's Political Borders

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 9 2011

A citizen-led effort to take the reins in redrawing Philadelphia's political lines has already attracted a surprising amount of support, and one city official's promise to listen. In response to widespread pressure to ... Read More

Amid Protest Over Closed Philadelphia Redistricting Process, Tech Firm Decides to Start Its Own

BY Nick Judd | Friday, August 5 2011

FixPhillyDistricts.com A Philadelphia software company hopes to use technology to pry open a crack in the historically closed-door process of dividing up the city into City Council districts. Cities and states nationwide ... Read More

In Philly, Making it Harder for Landlords to Hide

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 5 2011

Technically Philly describes a hackathon project to find all properties owned by a given landlord by cross-referencing scraped data and city databases: So, say, a small-time property developer wanted neighborhood ... Read More

Philadelphia Gets an Open Data Portal

BY Nick Judd | Monday, April 25 2011

Technically Philly has a detailed rundown on OpenDataPhilly, an open data portal to all the datasets that the city has already released. The short version seems to be that Azavea cofounder Robert Cheetham pushed for this ... Read More