Philadelphia’s Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation (ODDT) is a relatively new agency, originally formed in May 2016, only a few months after Mayor Jim Kenney took office. This office, which is helmed by Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski, is responsible, of course, for the city’s work with open data. But it has also […]
As Philadelphia’s chief data officer, Tim Wisniewski, 28, holds a fairly new job title. He helps publish the city’s data—employee salaries, crimes and property assessments, among other things—for public consumption on the Web.
It’s all in the spirit of transparency and spurring civic innovation. Since Mr. Wisniewski took over in 2014, he has seen a number of promising outcomes, he says.
The city has released details of a plan to help provide even more transparency and efficiency to city governance.
The Open Data Strategic Plan uses a comprehensive method termed the “open data census,” to help officials better track and confront crime and other quality of life issues, and for residents to find out what various city agencies are doing.
Philadelphia shells out a pretty penny every year to settle lawsuits based on allegations of police misconduct.
MuckRock.com, which bills itself as a "collaborative news site" that helps journalists, researchers and citizens analyze and share government documents, posted an online report yesterday that looked at how Philadelphia's annual payouts stack up against those in a handful of other large cities. The findings might not surprise you.
A state watchdog group says Philadelphia City Council willfully ignored Pennsylvania’s open-meetings law this past week by gathering behind closed doors — not once, but twice.