Nutter to sign executive order to release city data

    Mayor Michael Nutter is set to sign an executive order this afternoon pledging the release of city data for the sake of transparency and greater public access.

    Our partners at Technically Philly reported the news this morning, and the order comes in the middle of the second annual Philly Tech Week.

    It was at last year’s Philly Tech Week that OpenDataPhilly.org launched, with help from development firm Azavea and other organization, like WHYY.

    The site houses some of the city’s data, including Census information, campaign finance records and crime data. The availability of the data can help local development firms create databases and applications to help residents access the specific information they’re looking for.

    Nutter’s order could result in the release of more data, but no time frame or process for doing so has been made clear.

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