Philadelphia Gets Going and Gets Open [Github] “A little over a year ago Mark Headd was named the Chief Data Office for the City of Philadelphia and he hit the ground running using GitHub to help ‘support some of our core objectives – specifically, collaboration and engagement to provide improved delivery of government services and information.’ [...] On the very first day he created a new GitHub account for the City’s Data Officer and posted the city’s open data policy as a Gist.”
Phila. election information goes online [Philadelphia Inquirer] “Al Schmidt, one of the three officials who run Philadelphia elections, remembers calling up the Election Office soon after he moved here in 2005. He wanted to know the number of voters registered citywide. “I’d seen something on the news and just wanted to find out how many voters there were,” Schmidt said. “I found a phone number on the Internet and called up, asked the question. The first response was, ‘Are you Democrat or Republican?’ And after that it was, ‘Why did I want to know?’”” Find our coverage of the city’s election date site here.