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Database of state information could trigger start-ups

HARTFORD, Conn. – A recently-launched database will give Connecticut citizens unprecedented access to widespread amounts of raw government data, information that has been previously unpublished or buried deep in the recesses of agency websites.

“Sharing data collected by state government will help to break down silos within government, make data more easily available for analysis by researchers and entrepreneurs, and in turn help spur economic growth and creative new policy,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a press release. “This data belongs to the people of Connecticut, and this initiative will help make that data more easily and conveniently accessible to them.”

The database, known as the Connecticut Open Data Portal, was launched this past March, just two weeks after Malloy signed Executive Order 39. The executive order sanctioned all governor-appointed executive branch agency heads to begin collecting data in the form of lists, tables, charts, graphs, or other non-narrative forms of a statistical or factual nature.

Broken into 10 different categories on it’s homepage, the portal includes a broad range of data, including information on the population of state correctional facilities, causes of death among Connecticut citizens, chronic absenteeism per district, and personal income tax by town.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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