Governor Wolf Announces Launch of New Open Data Program

first_img August 22, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Launch of New Open Data Program   SHARE  TWEET Government That Works,  Open Data,  Press Release,  Results,  Transparency Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf launched OpenDataPA to enhance access to valuable information by creating a central repository to share the commonwealth’s data with the general public. Citizens, researchers, media, and developers can now browse through the first-released datasets at, the home of OpenDataPA.“Since day one of my administration, I have been committed to making state government more open and transparent,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “That’s why I signed an executive order to release agency data to the public in an open, accessible format, and today, am launching OpenDataPA. One of our most valuable and underutilized resources in state government is data. Our goal is to make data available in order to engage citizens, create economic opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs, and develop innovative policy solutions that improve program delivery and streamline operations.”OpenDataPA has three main goals:Accountability – OpenDataPA is the next step toward making Pennsylvania government more open to citizens. With the first datasets released, citizens will be able to track the progress of goals related to Governor Wolf’s three governing objectives — Schools That Teach, Jobs the Pay, Government That Works — in an interactive, simple format.Modernization – A vast improvement over the static agency reports of the past, OpenDataPA will both release newly collected datasets and consolidate datasets from other state agency websites to create a one-stop shop for all of the commonwealth’s open data.Innovation – OpenDataPA strives to be a source of innovation for citizens, entrepreneurs, civic developers, researchers, and policy makers who can manipulate the data we will be releasing to discover economic opportunities, create government applications, and make data-driven decisions.OpenDataPA launches with 12 valuable datasets, including information about job creation, school performance, bridges that are being repaired, and more, that relate to Governor Tom Wolf’s Schools That Teach, Jobs That Pay, and Government That Works priorities. In the coming weeks, we will release a performance dashboard that uses these 12 datasets to track Governor Wolf’s performance goals.Future data releases will go beyond performance metrics and include datasets from agencies and program areas across state government. The Wolf Administration is partnering with stakeholders — including the Office of Open Records, colleges and universities, and cities — to identify and prioritize future datasets for publication. There is also an online suggestion form on for new datasets.In recent years, governments at the federal, state and local levels have adopted open data initiatives to increase transparency to citizens, spur innovation and economic opportunity, and demonstrate the effectiveness of state policies and programs.By making data easily accessible, the Wolf Administration hopes to encourage citizens to become more familiar with how their government is performing, engage with the state’s developer community, and build tools and resources that ultimately make Pennsylvania an even better place to live and work.To explore this data, visit OpenDataPA’s website, can also read the blog post with answers to common questions about open data.center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Džumhur in the Second Round of the ATP Challenger in Mersin

first_imgB&H tennis player Damir Džumhur qualified for the second round of the ATP Challenger in Mersin (Turkey), who plays for the award of 64.000 Euros.The 22 year old tennis player from Sarajevo in the first round defeated Guillaume Rufin from France with a result of 6:4, 6:1.He will play against the winner of the match between Egor Gerasimov from Brazil and Simone Vagnozzi from Italy for qualification in the quarterfinals. (Source: Fena)last_img

Senate May Invite 3 Ministers, UL President

first_imgFinance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah, Jr.-To explain sustainable strategy on “free tuition program”The Senate Committees on Education and Ways, Means and Finance have been mandated, if necessary, to conduct hearing on a sustainability strategy by government for the “free tuition program” for state-run universities and all public colleges.The Senate plenary’s unanimous vote on Thursday, January 24, 2019, was prompted by a communication submitted to that body by Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, seeking its indulgence to invite the ministers of Education, Finance and Development Planning, and President of the University of Liberia (UL), to explain pertinent issues regarding President George Weah’s recent pronouncement of “free tuition.”“Given the fact that there is no provision in the national budget to support the President’s free tuition policy, I am kindly seeking the indulgence of plenary to invite the ministers of Finance and Education and the President of the University of Liberia to present a free education plan and explain to us the sustainability strategy for this ‘free tuition program,” Sen. Lawrence’s communication said.It can be recalled that following his pronouncement of the free tuition for UL and all public colleges sometime last year, President Weah said that his government will work out the modalities for the actualization of the pledge. His pronouncement, however did not go down well with some members of the public who called it a knee-jerk reaction to UL student agitation on a number of campus related issues as well as issues of national concern particularly the case of the “missing money”. This situation has thus left the public wondering just how the government intends to actualize the pronouncement when there is no budgetary allocation in the current national budget.Meanwhile, based on the importance of the communication, many Senators had hoped that a motion would have been proffered to allow few minutes of debate before sending it to committee which turned out not to be the case.“I thought so too, but since the committees are expected to conduct hearing, we’ll wait and see,” Sen. Lawrence said.Meanwhile, the chairman of the Senate committee on Education River Cess County Senator Dallas A. V. Gueh, has been requested to report to plenary in two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more