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Mark Headd on creating a government data culture [Links]

"One of the most important things an open data directive can accomplish – whether it takes the form of an informal policy, an executive order or an open data statute – is to help create a set of incentives that can foster a "data culture" inside government."

Building a Government Data Culture [GovTech] “One of the most important things an open data directive can accomplish – whether it takes the form of an informal policy, an executive order or an open data statute – is to help create a set of incentives that can foster a “data culture” inside government.”

4 reasons the Yachtsman Kickstarter is so annoying [City Paper] “Tommy Up, opener of successful Northern Liberties bar/club/restaurant PYT, was supposed to open a tiki bar called The Yachtsman on Frankford Avenue this month, but he and his partners found themselves a few dollars short. About $36,700 short, actually. So they turned to Kickstarter: ”

Mayor expected to sign order curtailing police-ICE collaboration [Philadelphia Daily News] “Nicole Kligerman, a community organizer with the interfaith group, said the executive order is a “huge step forward” for welcoming immigrant families in the city. She said advocates believe the order is “one of the most progressive in the country.”” Find our coverage of this issue here.

Calling all techies: Donate your skills [Philadelphia Inquirer] “”We have technologists who say, ‘I want to get involved but don’t know how,’ ” he said Wednesday. “If you ask any nonprofit, you’ll hear they’re always looking for another set of hands.” So Technically Philly decided to play matchmaker.” Read more about our initiative here.

Has a data-driven approach to housing the homeless gone too far? [City Paper] “Since 2011, directors of major homeless-support agencies have worked together to improve a once scattered and largely ad hoc system for doling out subsidized housing. In its place is a unified list that uses gathered data to establish a “vulnerability index,” essentially a score that prioritizes housing for the “most” needy. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. ”

Philly Women in Tech Summit: Sharing secrets to expand women’s role in tech [Philadelphia Business Journal]

Wayne-based firm Think It First redesigns DiscoverPHL website: See it here

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