City of Philadelphia

OpenDataVote competition

Posted on March 13, 2017

OpenDataVote – A chance to advocate for City data releases and win prize money for your nonprofit

OpenDataVote – a cooperative effort between Azavea, Tech Impact, Media, Code for Philly, the City of Philadelphia and others – gives social service and advocacy groups a platform to nominate datasets that are not currently openly available but which they need in order to support their mission, and the public an opportunity to vote for the datasets they believe their government should release first. Nonprofits will receive prize money if their dataset nomination receives the most votes during the public voting phase. Organizations that serve the Philadelphia region have until Friday, March 31, 12:00PM to nominate datasets that could strengthen their programs and improve their services.

OpenDataVote is organized into three phases:

  • Nomination: Nonprofit organizations nominate one or more existing data sets that would be useful to the organization, but aren’t currently available to the public.
  • Voting: The general public votes for either their favorite organization or the data set they want to see released.
  • Data Release: OpenDataVote Partners will work with government representatives to publish the datasets that receive the most votes from the public. Nonprofits will be awarded prize money from OpenDataVote Sponsors if their data nomination wins.

You can read this blogpost for more information. Please consider retweeting about this opportunity so that others find out about it too!

What does my organization receive?
The nonprofit organizations that win the most votes from the public will receive cash prizes from our generous sponsors. The City of Philadelphia and OpenDataVote partners will coordinate to release the nominated datasets that receive the most votes and publish them on OpenDataPhilly.

Is my organization eligible?
OpenDataVote is open to 501c(3) organizations based in Philadelphia or regional organizations with service area that significantly overlaps with Philadelphia. However, these organizations may receive votes for their proposed dataset from anyone in the world. Please refer to the Rules & Eligibility page for more details.

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