19 city datasets that local nonprofits want public - Technical.ly Philly


Apr. 17, 2017 10:33 am

19 city datasets that local nonprofits want public

Vote now in Azavea's Open Data Vote.

Azavea CEO Robert Cheetham.

(Courtesy photo)

It’s time to choose your favorites from the final slate of public datasets in OpenDataVote’s voting round.

As part of the project that seeks to connect Philly nonprofits to open data sets they can use, 19 proposals were selected. Some of the sexy topics include street pavement conditions, Sheriff’s Sales transactions, historic district boundaries and sidewalk inventories. Organizations like the University City District, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the Public Interest Law Center and PlanPhilly got their proposals to the final stage.

As our sister site Generocity reported, nonprofits that propose the top-three datasets will win $2,000, $1,000 or $500 in cash money (Update: the prizes have been doubled: nonprofits will now get $4,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively.)

The public voting stage of OpenDataVote goes until May 1 at 5 p.m. and folks are allowed one vote per day for the term of the contest.


As we mentioned beforer, the program is essentially a reboot of OpenDataRace, the 2011 Azavea effort — then backed by the William Penn Foundation — that led three nonprofits access to cash and open data sets. This time around, the project is looking into spreading the model beyond Philly.

Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

  • Dan Ford

    Hey all! Note that we have doubled the prize money thanks to donations from generous sponsors! The prizes are now: $4,000, $2,000, & $1,000! Prizes will be awarded to the nonprofit organizations that receive the most votes!


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