In 2011, the OpenDataPhilly project team launched a public awareness campaign similar to OpenDataVote in order to encourage the City of Philadelphia to release more data sets that could potentially serve the nonprofit community. The effort was quite successful - it attracted more attention to the community-driven open data effort in Philadelphia and many of the nominated data sets have been released in the years since then. Read more about the previous effort…
A lot has changed since 2011. The City of Philadelphia now has a Chief Data Officer, open data is now part of the City’s policy, and there is an active staff supporting the initiative. Open Data Philly has grown from about 100 data sets to almost 350, and open data is being used in many locations across the region.
The OpenDataPhilly project team was encouraged by these successes and decided to launch a similar public awareness campaign in 2017. OpenDataVote in Philadelphia engaged about two dozen nonprofit organizations and gathered over 2,500 votes from the public. The City of Philadelphia is coordinating with the participating nonprofit organizations to publish the data on OpenDataPhilly.
2017 OpenDataVote in Philadelphia
In 2017, Azavea partnered with Tech Impact, Technical.ly Media, Generocity, Code for Philly, the City of Philadelphia Office of Open Data & Digital Transformation, the Penn Library, and others to run OpenDataVote, a chance a nonprofits and the public to advocate for open data in Philadelphia.
1st Place: MicroSociety
Data: Donors to the Philadelphia School districtMicroSociety plans to help the school district align its supporters behind district goals by helping donors and other partners that have expertise in relevant fields understand areas where they can maximize their impact.
2nd Place: Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
Data: Public Housing and City-Subsidized Housing Program BeneficiariesThis organization plans to use the data to advocate for fair housing for the immigrant & English Language Learner (ELL) population in Philly.
3rd Place: Philadelphia Horticultural Society
Data: Street Rights-of-WayPHS plans to use the data to drive planting decisions & planning to streamline the street tree approval and planting process for Tree Tenders and the city’s street tree office. This will support the Tree Tenders/Plant One Million street tree planting, a partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department.
Special Recognition: Community Legal Services
Data: Water Department Lead Service LinesThis group lead voting for the first weeks of the voting period. The Advisory Board decided to recognize this organization for their advocacy for open data for the benefit of the community. The release of this data would facilitate counseling families by Community Legal Services regarding potential risk of lead exposure from water service lines and connecting families to resources to prevent potential lead exposure.
Tech Impact donated staff time and organized sponsor outreach. Azavea sponsored the time of lead organizers Dan Ford and Robert Cheetham, in addition to providing funds for supplies, outreach materials, and the voting platform.
The City of Philadelphia Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation is focusing their efforts on data sets that received the most votes from the public during OpenDataVote.
The 2017 OpenDataVote in Philadelphia was nominated for Partnership of the Year in the Philly Geek Awards.
In the News
“Now it’s your turn to choose what datasets the city should release”
via Technical.ly Philly
“OpenDataVote nominated for 2017 Partnership of the Year in the Philly Geek Awards”
via Technical.ly Media & Geekadelphia