Read this Next City profile of ex-Chief Data Officer Mark Headd - Philly


Jan. 15, 2015 1:02 pm

Read this Next City profile of ex-Chief Data Officer Mark Headd

Mark Headd was Philadelphia’s first chief data officer.

Mark Headd was Philadelphia's first chief data officer.

(Photo by Flickr user CeBIT Australia, used under a Creative Commons license)

From his time as a Tropo developer to his appointment as the city’s first Chief Data Officer; from the momentous strides (as well as shortcomings) he made as CDO to the tribulations leading up to his departure and thereafterMark Headd has been a compelling figure within Philly’s open data movement. And we’ve been here to cover it. Baltimore alum Andrew Zaleski recently filed an in-depth profile of Headd for Next City. It lays out how Headd went from civic hacker to open gov superstar, offering perspective on why he left what has become one of the best-known municipal innovation movements in recent history.

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After 18 months within City Hall, Headd’s aggressive style left him frustrated enough to leave it behind. Despite that, his all-too-short tenure has left a lasting mark on the city’s open data legacy.


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