New state data sharing website: Pennwatch

Posted by on January 21, 2013

PA launches new data sharing website

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has launched a new web site that makes information about spending, revenues, and the state workforce available to the public online.

The Pennwatch web site was created by an act of the state legislature. Signed by Gov. Corbett in June of last year, it gave the administration until the end of this year to develop and launch the site.

The governor says an effort has been made to make the web site user-friendly, with a variety of tools that allow people to search and filter for data.

“One of the biggest obstacles to open government turns out to be the sheer quantity of information that any government possesses,” the governor said in an announcement about the site.  “Many other states have online public disclosure sites. We believe they’re not as easy to navigate as you’ll find ours is going to be.”

The new web site is up and running at

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