The guidebook, developed by the city’s Open Data Working Group, has been in the works since late last year. It provides answers to questions like, “Why release open data?” and “What data should my department release?” The guidebook is a work in progress, wrote Chief Data Officer Mark Headd on the Managing Director’s Office’s blog.
Read it on Google Docs at ph.ly/OpenDataGuide.
This isn’t the first time the city has shared its open data work with the public (read the city’s open government plan here), but this release feels especially forward-thinking, since it’s an internal document (on the popular cloud-based, collaborative workspace Google Docs no less.)
It’s also another example of how the city is attempting to engage the public with new channels. Releasing a document like this and soliciting input shows a commitment to getting Philadelphians involved. We hope it becomes the norm.-30-
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