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AxisPhilly is currently investigating how the City of Philadelphia handles Right to Know requests, and our requests themselves-both in content and in process-will hopefully help us better understand the open records landscape in the city. We sent requests to 39 city departments in an effort to get a better picture of how the state’s “Right-to-Know Law” plays out in Philadelphia, and the level of openness in our city government.

As part of this project we visited Suburban Station one day during the morning and lunch rush hours to ask everyday Philadelphians their opinions of open government and open data. While most of the people we spoke with could give a clear definition of open government, all but one were unsure how they’d rank our current city government when it comes to transparency. And only one individual was aware, albeit vaguely, that the city has released 40-plus datasets and has hired a Chief Data Officer. Listen below to hear what else they shared.