Wolf’s plan for open data is promising, but Pennsylvania has its work cut out for it

data Whether it’s an app in Chicago that tells you if your car has been towed, or New York City officials using data to identify the source of a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak, those kinds of projects — inside and outside of governmental institutions — are not happening with state data in Pennsylvania.

Mostly because it’s not available.

Pennsylvania is one of 26 states that doesn’t provide a robust open data website, according to a PublicSource analysis of every state’s open data website.

Find out what’s behind last year’s spike in motorcycle deaths

Public safety Last year was a bad one for motorcyclists, with a new estimate showing that 5,010 bikers were killed in crashes nationwide, the worst death toll in seven years.

In Pennsylvania, 179 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2015, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation [PennDOT].

Since Pennsylvania repealed its mandatory helmet law in 2003, PennDOT reports 2,567 motorcyclists have died in crashes.

Should police stop deadly overdoses? Enthusiasm varies.

VIDEO Pittsburgh police will soon carry a potent, yet simple nasal spray that can bring a person suffering an opioid overdose back from the brink of death and without a high.

Yet other police in the state and region have been hesitant, either saying they don’t need the antidote, or that training and the creation of new policies has slowed the process by months.

Roadblocks remain for autonomous cars

The technology isn’t a distant dream. Much of it is being researched and designed here in Pittsburgh.

But Pittsburgh’s varied weather, the resulting pothole problem and the city’s erratic streets may throw up roadblocks for these smart cars. And, the overall safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists is already a concern without the added factor of cars governed by nascent technology.