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Video: What Will You Discover with Open Data?
- Open data is valuable to everyone. Explore OpenDataPhilly, the city's community open data portal, to find a data set that interests you.
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More Video Tutorials
- Welcome to Open Data Philly
- How community leaders, citizens, journalists, and others can use Open Data Philly
Video Tutorials de Introducción
- Bienvenido a Open Data Philly
- Open Data Philly: Para los líderes de la comunidad, los ciudadanos y los periodistas
Open Data Request Procedure
Not all data is currently open data, but that doesn't mean you can't access it. The law allows you make a Right to Know request. Learn who to contact and how to proceed with this Standard Right to Know Form:
Philadelphia Citywide Data Inventory
The city’s Data Services Team is working with each department to compile a citywide data inventory - a detailed list of every dataset that exists within city government - to gauge public demand and inform prioritization of data releases. View datasets from the departments who have completed this exercise so far:
Software for Using Data
- RSS Readers - FeedReader
- CSV, XLS – Excel, LibreOffice Calc, Tableau
Shapefiles and Geodatabases
OpenRefine - Useful for cleaning data
- Processing - data visualization library
Other Municipal Open Data Catalogs
The City of Philadelphia is not alone in making government data more available to citizens. These are a few of the many cities that have open data catalogs online:
- New York City
- San Francisco
- Washington DC with API info available at http://api.dc.gov/
Other Public Data Catalogs
We have elected to not include comprehensive state and national data sets that are available through other resources. There are many such catalogs, but a few important ones include:
- PASDA - Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access
- USGS National Map
- U.S. Census Bureau American FactFinder
- Census Reporter
- World Bank
Open Data Policies
We believe that better data about our society and planet will help us both make better decisions and more effectively engage in our communities. These are some of the organizations that promote open data policies and we encourage you to support them: