Graduation rates, bike thefts, vacant land take top three spots in Open Data Race

    Residents have spoken. The data they’re most interested in getting their hands on are the gradaution rates and achievements of Philadelphia’s public school students.

    The Philadelphia Public School Notebook won the OpenDataPhilly contest, which asked people to weigh on what city data they want developed, and will now pursue from the school district information on high school graduation rates, where and when students to college and how well they do there.


    “The Open Data Race was a fun competition, an exciting race, and we give the organizers at OpenDataPhilly a lot of credit for bringing attention to the need to uncover important data sets so that the public can have access,” Notebook Editor/Director Paul Socolar said. “The Notebook has started discussions with the District’s accountability office about how to get access to the information, and they are very receptive.”

    Four other data sets placed in the OpenDataPhilly Race:

    2nd Place: reported bike thefts
    3rd Place: vacant land data
    Honorable Mentions: publicly owned vacant land and residential unsafe building citation

    The Notebook took first place with 596 votes, and also got a $2,000 prize. But now comes the task of getting the data. Staffers became interested in this data after a report that found only 10 percent of the students who started in Philadelphia public high schools in 1999 had earned a two-year or four-year college degree 10 years later.

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