Governor Wolf Announces Launch of Pennsylvania’s Open Data Program (Round-up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

August 24, 2016

On Monday, Governor Wolf announced the launch of Pennsylvania’s new open data program. The site OpenDataPA was created to enhance access and share valuable information with the public by creating a central repository for commonwealth data, including information on job creation, school performance, and infrastructure projects. The Wolf Administration is partnering with stakeholders, such as Office of Open Records, colleges and universities, and cities to identify future datasets for publication.

“Since day one of my administration, I have been committed to making state government more open and transparent,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “That’s why I signed an executive order to release agency data to the public in an open, accessible format, and today, am launching OpenDataPA. One of our most valuable and underutilized resources in state government is data. Our goal is to make data available in order to engage citizens, create economic opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs, and develop innovative policy solutions that improve program delivery and streamline operations.”

Take a look at the additional coverage below:

  • Government Technology: Pennsylvania Launches Open Data Portal

    Following an executive order in April, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Aug. 22 the launch of the state’s first statewide open data portal, called OpenDataPA. The data portal includes the release of 12 new data sets, centered around the governor’s platform of education, economy and improved government operations.

  • Route Fifty: Pennsylvania’s New Open Data Website Is Now Live

    Data currently available through OpenDataPA are tied to three areas Gov. Tom Wolf has identified as top priorities for his administration. Going forward, a broader range of state datasets will be added to the website, the governor’s office said Monday in an announcement. Wolf’s administration has dubbed the three priority areas the current data cover “Schools That Teach,” “Jobs That Pay,” and “Government That Works.”

  • Technically Philly: Dive deep into these open datasets from the Pa. governor’s office

    Developed as a response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order on open data, the OpenDataPA site allows users to explore datasets on things like the state’s incarcerated population, the performance of K-12 schools, and even results from well inspections. The site pulls data from regional sources, but also from national agencies.

  • State Scoop: Pennsylvania launches new open data portal

    By making data readily accessible, the Wolf administration hopes to encourage residents to become more familiar with how their government is performing, engage with the state’s developer community and build tools and resources that ultimately make Pennsylvania a better place to live and work, state officials said.

  • PennLive: Pennsylvania embarks on ‘open data’ project with release of 12 spreadsheets

    OpenDataPA, which was created via executive order, currently houses 12 data sets about aging bridges scheduled to be replaced and completed workforce training. Additional spreadsheets will be added over time. Similar initiatives at the federal level and in cities like New York and Philadelphia have become storehouses of information used by journalists, software developers and ordinary citizens.

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