Michelle Riordan-Nold

CTData Designated Census State Data Center!

The Connecticut Data Collaborative (CTData) has been designated as the lead organization in the U.S. Census Bureau’s State Data Center Program and Connecticut’s official source for Census data, as the state and nation approach the 2020 Census.  The designation was made on behalf of the State of Connecticut by Governor Dannel Malloy, and is effective immediately. The State Data Center (SDC) Program is a cooperative agreement between the states and the U.S. Census Bureau. State Data Centers assist the Census…

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Michelle Riordan-Nold appointed to serve on DATA Board

Michelle Riordan-Nold, Executive Director of the Connecticut Data Collaborative, has been appointed by Senator Looney to serve on the newly formed Connecticut Data Analysis Technology Advisory Board. The Advisory Board was created by the state legislature during the 2018 session, with a mission to advise the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government and municipalities regarding data policy, including the use of data to grow the economy. The Board has the authority to request information and assistance from the…

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Ilya Ilyankou joins CTData as Civic Technologist

Ilya Ilyankou has joined the Connecticut Data Collaborative as a Civic Technologist.  Ilyankou graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a double major in Computer Science and Studio Arts. He also spent a year abroad at Oxford University, where his studies included machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data visualization. At CT Data, Ilyankou works to increase the accessibility of open public data, create data visualizations, and develop web-based tools that present data…

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CTData and Liberal Arts Action Lab at Trinity College, receive 500 Cities Data Challenge grant!

The Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designed this challenge grant to encourage communities to delve into the 500 Cities open-access dataset, to design innovative solutions on social factors that influence health, and to guide local organizations on how to effectively use neighborhood-level data. The broader goal is to promote more comprehensive cross-collaborative approaches to foster a broader “Culture of Health” in urban areas. By sharing resources and expertise, the Connecticut Data Collaborative and the Action Lab will…

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Open Data gets Codified! Data Legislation HB 5517 passed!

I’m re-posting an older post where we were looking for support for HB 5517. Great news, the legislation was passed on the last night of the session! Thank you to everyone who advocated, testified, and wrote letters to their legislators. We are excited about the components of the legislation (there’s more than only codifying EO#39). Join our open data call on Tuesday from 3-4 to learn more from the State’s Chief Data Officer, Tyler Kleykamp. Public hearing is today at…

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Why the citizenship question is cause for worry

On our monthly open data calls, we have provided updates on data in the news and the biggest newsmaker by far has been Census 2020. Besides the challenges the Census Bureau has faced in maintaining their federal funding and finding new leadership, a recent hiccup has put the accuracy of the Census 2020 count in jeopardy. Several months ago, the Justice department made a request that a question on citizenship be included in the Census 2020 count. Advocates raised concerns…

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Where are Opioid deaths occurring in Connecticut?

Opioid deaths have doubled and tripled in some towns in Connecticut in only six years. Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury, and Hartford have the highest rates per population. However, many smaller towns have seen their rates of death triple as well. The Connecticut Medical Examiner published accidental drug related deaths from 2012-2017 on data.ct.gov. We take these data and do a fair amount of cleaning (see Jenna Daly’s post, “Accidental Opioid-related deaths in CT and the importance of data cleaning.”) to…

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New Housing Data Portal

Today we are launching what is the beginning of a housing data portal: housing.ctdata.org! This project began as a quest to understand the difference between multiple data sources for a particular indicator. The inquiry evolved into this new data portal focused on multiple sources of housing data. This housing data portal gives users the ability to explore, download, and analyze housing data in your town. We examined the strengths and weaknesses of different data sources to help users make data-informed…

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A Story about liberating public data

For the past few years we have been working with the CT Secretary of State (SOTS) on a variety of initiatives related to the business registration data that they process and manage. This dataset is the official data set of record for tracking businesses that are required to register to operate within Connecticut. However, accessing this data has been historically difficult. The CONCORD system was built and optimized for the important work of managing transactions around business registration and reporting.…

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