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Philadelphia opens contracts datasets

The city of Philadelphia released procurement-related datasets that will let citizens more closely mind the public’s business.

The data, from the city’s contracts for supplies, equipment, non-professional services and public works services, will be made available through the city’s open data website.

Members of the public will now be able to view procurement data summarized and contextualized, according to types of contract information. Summaries of the datasets will breakdown dollars by vendor and contract type as well as list the top 20 largest contracts and soon to expire contracts. 

A “frequently asked questions” section will also help guide interested citizens who wish to better understand the data they are viewing and download the information into either a spreadsheet or CSV format. 

The open data website, hosted by GitHub, will be updated on a quarterly basis.  The city ultimately envisions integrating all datasets into one file, which will let the public search all city contracts in one place.

The data transparency project was initiated by city’s Procurement Department, Chief Integrity Officer and Office of Innovation and Technology.  

“Prior to this release, important data on procurement contracts, including which company was the lowest bidder for a project, was not accessible online,” said Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter. “I am proud to say that the public can now find information on all city contracts in a simple, searchable format.”  

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Mar 17, 2015 at 10:14 AM


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