Philadelphia (USA) recently launched an initiative to open up tons of city records and municipal data. This talk will review some of the things people are using it for, and show how open city data is useful to many kinds of people. Philadelphia (USA) recently launched an initiative to open up tons of city records and municipal data. By the time Camp rolls around, there will have been several hackathons and programs in Philadelphia using this newly available data, from a GIS firm to journalists to (probably) participants in Random Hacks of Kindness. This talk will give a snapshot of how Philadelphians are using and benefiting from this data, what apps are coming out of it, how it helps citizens and city government alike. If disadvantages are found they will also be discussed along, with some of the concerns that prevented the data from being available before. Hopefully this talk will provide ideas for people in other places who want to use data to make their cities better, stronger, more just, more liveable/bikeable/walkable, and more fun all around. Information will come from my own participation in organizing Philadelphia's contribution to Random Hacks of Kindness in June, possibly another city--oriented hackathon the next weekend with partners from Seattle, WA, and from interviews with organizers and coders from other events using open city data.
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