Kenney unveils new office of open data and digital transformation
Today, Mayor Jim Kenney announced the creation of a new office focusing on opening city data to the public and updating the government website.
The current two-person Open Data team will join the seven other people tasked with redesigning the city’s main website to create the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation. The new office will be supervised by Rebecca Rhynhart, the city’s chief administrative officer instead of the Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT).
“This will allow OIT to focus on the core legacy systems and IT services to departments that are sorely in need of modernization,” Rhynhart said in a press release. “At the same time, this new structure elevates the prominence of the initiatives of open data and digital transformation.”
Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski will lead the new office. In addition to publishing public data and leading development of the Alpha.phila.gov website project, the group will help departments improve city services by applying a user-centered design approach.
Open Data is a citywide initiative focused on enhancing transparency of government. The Alpha.phila.gov project is an effort to transform the City’s website around the needs of its users. It is being built in the open, alongside the current phila.gov.
Kenney created the position of Chief Administrative Officer, naming Rhynhart to the position in order to bring innovation to key enabling functions of city government.