Open Data PA

Advocating for Open Data in PA

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Governor Wolf Announced Open Data Initiative

Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced an Open Data Initiative for Pennsylvania! We are proud to support this important step.

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Keeping Up with Governor Wolf

Governor Wolf was very supportive of open data in his pre-election candidate position statement and has already made some progress here in Pennsylvania. So far:

  • On February 5th, Governor Wolf issued an executive order to establish the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO TIME) [bonus points for the acronym]. In his budget address on March 3rd, he explained that GO TIME’s mission is to “focus on improving coordination between agencies, modernizing state government operations, and seeking out partnerships with the private sector”. So far, GO TIME has claimed to have identified over $100 million in savings by improving procurement, modernizing technology, and consolidating admin functions.
  • In his proposed budget, he allocated funds for “Information Technology Modernization” for the Auditor General ($5000, 185.7% increase from 14/15) and the Treasury ($4000, 0% increase from 14/15). It is unclear to me which other funds might be used for GO TIME and expanding Open Data in PA. Please chime in about it in the comments!

We look forward to Governor Wolf making progress on other initiatives that he proposed including:

  • Creating an open data web portal
  • Releasing open data
  • Supporting legislative efforts to institutionalize open data
  • Expanding online services (online forms! online voting!)
  • Sponsoring hack-a-thons

Do you think Governor Wolf is doing a good job expanding Open Data in PA?

PA Gubernatorial Candidate Responses to Open Data PA Survey

We have released all the responses we received for the Open Data PA Questionnaire. Check them out here!

Deadline Extended to May 1st for Open Data PA Questionnaire

So far, we have heard from Tom Wolf, Katie McGinty, Ken Krawchuk, and Paul Glover. In order to get a few more responses, we have postponed the publication date to May 1st. Please help us encourage the remaining candidates to respond!

What do the PA Governor Candidates Think About a State Level Open Data Policy?

Today we emailed a questionnaire to all of the PA gubernatorial candidates on open data policy at the state level. We asked for all the candidates to respond by April 22nd and will post the responses prior to the primary election on this website.

Check out the Open Data Questionnaire for yourself and tweet about it with #OpenDataPA!

Open Data Legislation Passed in Pittsburgh

As of March 11th, Pittsburgh officially passed Open Data legislation in a 9-0 vote by the City Council. Although there is much to be done in terms of implementation, this is a fantastic step forward.

As described by the Sunlight Foundation, Pittsburgh’s policy has several unique aspects:

  • Emphasis on Improved Regional Partnerships – as one of the main incentives for this bill was to improve regional efficacy
  • Creation of Licensing Agreement – to ensure the data is as reusable as possible
  • Establishment of Procurement Process – to ensure all future government contracts have the correct defaults and requirements in place for open data