Photo by John Mertens.
The first concerted effort to seek what types of city government data and information Philadelphians want was kicked off last night with
an event I helped organize on behalf of Technically Philly with Young Involved Philadelphia.
the Code for America fellowship program, I moderated a panel meant to illustrate concrete and simple definitions and needs for city data that was then followed by a half dozen breakout sessions in which moderators had their dozen group members answer two questions:
What city information would you actually use?
How would you want to access that information?
Read my coverage of the event
here, including reference to this Google Doc, in which I tallied the suggestions. This event is one of four big lessons we’re learning while leading this grant project.
More details and video below.
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As part of a push for a broader readership, back in March
Technically Philly announced a content partnership with Philadelphia magazine and its new daily blog.
Brian James Kirk has been writing most of the weekly posts, as he’s still freelancing. But last week, I filled in, penning a short feature on five City of Philadelphia departments that could use a touch of Web openness.
The use of technology to transform government has been a growing municipal interest in city halls across the country.
Here, the City of Philadelphia has announced intentions
to release a service-orientated 311 iPhone application, it’s applying for ultra high-speed broadband from Google and it’s in hot pursuit of a funded team of developers and technologists which may someday make our every government transparency dreams come true.
The overtures are there, even if the substance hasn’t yet hit the pavement.
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