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Jan. 18, 2013 9:00 am

‘I want Philadelphia to become the most transparent city in the country': Radio Times [AUDIO]

Chief Data Officer Mark Headd wants Philadelphia to be the most transparent city in the country (so, to our sister site Technically Baltimore and every other city out there, consider the gauntlet thrown down). That’s what he said on WHYY‘s Radio Times yesterday morning during a show about how the city interacts with its citizens […]

Chief Data Officer Mark Headd wants Philadelphia to be the most transparent city in the country (so, to our sister site Technically Baltimore and every other city out there, consider the gauntlet thrown down).

That’s what he said on WHYY‘s Radio Times yesterday morning during a show about how the city interacts with its citizens through technology, whether it be through open data or digital access initiatives like KEYSPOT. It was the fourth show in a week-long series on local innovation. Listen to Tuesday’s show on the local tech startup scene here.

But in Philly’s journey to become the most transparent city in the country, Headd said there would be some hiccups along the way simply because this is such new territory.

“There isn’t a handbook you can go to and learn to become an open city,” he said. “You have to live it for a while, and this is part of the process.”

The program also featured KEYSPOT Project Manager Maria Walker and this reporter.

Listen to the whole show here or below.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technical.ly Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called β€œIt’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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