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Pennsylvania wades into open data

Pennsylvania launched its open data portal with 12 datasets  --  the foundation of the state’s central repository for open data in a machine-readable format.

The data currently available on OpenDataPA supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s three governing objectives -- education, employment and government services --  includes prison population numbers, school performance profiles and summary information on well inspections. The state also plans to release datasets from other state agencies on the site.

The portal is built on the Socrata cloud platform, which also supports open data sites for Colorado, Missouri, Illinois and other states, and local and federal government agencies, including those of the White House and San Francisco.

The administration’s main goals for releasing this data is three-fold: accountability, modernization and innovation.  The portal will allow citizens to keep track of government projects, find this information in one place and use if to “make data-driven decisions.”

Posted by Matt Leonard on Aug 26, 2016 at 11:07 AM


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