Philadelphia, July 2, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Tim Wisniewski has been appointed Chief Data Officer (CDO) for the City of Philadelphia under the Office of Innovation and Technology. In this role, Wisniewski will coordinate departmental efforts to enhance open government and civic engagement by publishing government data online and will act as the public liaison between data users and data providers. Additionally, he will oversee the management of the City’s web portfolio, application development and civic technology, including redesigning Phila.Gov as a platform for connecting the general public to open data.
“The Chief Data Officer position plays a key role in our Administration’s efforts to be more transparent, efficient and effective by facilitating information sharing between the City and its residents and between departments,” said Mayor Nutter. “Tim has a technology and community building background and he has been keenly focused on civic engagement and that clearly makes him a standout choice. Tim’s appointment will strengthen the City’s commitment to open data and refocus the Administration’s strategy. I am looking forward to the good work Tim will do with our Open Data policy.”