Philadelphia’s open municipal data portal is, transparently enough, now available as an open source download.
The organization is providing the code, written in Django, Python and PostgreSQL, and has renamed the source more generally as the Open Data Catalog, to empower other municipal organizations to create their own central locations for data, according to a press release.
OpenDataPhilly.org launched in April during Philly Tech Week, one of the week’s signature events. It currently houses more than 100 datasets from around the region, and exists as an open catalog of information that anyone can submit to. See our full coverage of the open data initiative. [Full Disclosure: Technically Philly is an OpenDataPhilly partner organization.]
According to a statement from Azavea founder Robert Cheetham, the company wants to “encourage organizations or municipalities to build their own catalogs in order to enable technology communities throughout the world to transform rows of text, numbers and shapes into applications and visualizations.”
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