OpenDataPhilly is a portal that provides access to more than 300 data sets, applications, and APIs related to the Philadelphia region. Built by Azavea, a Philadelphia-based geospatial software firm, OpenDataPhilly is based on the idea that providing free and easy access to data information encourages better and more transparent government and a more engaged and knowledgeable citizenry.
OpenDataPhilly includes both municipal and non-municipal data and enables users to search for and locate data sets based on keyword and category searches. For each data set, application, or API, we’ve included accompanying information about the origins, update frequency, and other specifics of the data. The record for each data source also includes links for downloading the data or accessing the application or API.
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Azavea is an award-winning geospatial analysis software development firm that creates geospatial web software and data analytics. Azavea is a certified B Corporation that advances the state of the art in geospatial technology and applies it for civic, social, and environmental impact.
The City of Philadelphia Office of Innovation & Technology’s mission is to increase the effectiveness of the information technology infrastructure, where the services provided are advanced, optimized, and responsive to the needs of the City of Philadelphia’s businesses, residents and visitors.
Temple University School of Media and Communication is a leader in advancing the role of communication in public life. This mission is pursued by educating students for leadership careers in communication and media, through advancing research and creative activity in these fields, and by serving the public need for free and open communication. The school's Center for Public Interest Journalism managed the OpenDataPhilly web site from 2015 to 2018.
Technical.ly Philly is a news site covering the community of people who use technology in Philadelphia. They also operate sister media sites in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Delaware, and Washington DC.
The Philadelphia Geek Awards named Open Data Philly the 2015 Web Project of the Year.
OpenDataPhilly was recognized as Best Government/Citizen Collaboration and Best Open Data Platform in the 2011 GovFresh Awards.
GovFresh focuses on government-citizen collaboration and the GovFresh Awards are meant to honor "the most innovative citizen and city and local government technology projects of the year." Entries for the awards were submitted and voted upon by the general public. A group of judges then reviewed the top vote-getters in each category to select a winner.
The William Penn Foundation provided part of the funding for collaboration features in the original OpenDataPhilly data catalog in 2011
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided part of the funding for the redevelopment of the data catalog in 2015.
Azavea provided the balance of the funding to develop both the original web site and the new version in 2015 and has paid for maintenance and hosting since then.