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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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August 2018 Newsletter: new state data plan, new tools, new faces, new space

What’s new in data Draft State Data Plan At the inaugural convening of the Connecticut Data Analysis Technology Advisory Board, the State’s Chief Data Officer, Tyler Kleykamp, released a draft of the CT State Data Plan. This draft establishes a framework to guide the executive agency work in building a data culture. The public is invited to provide feedback on a broad set of principles, goals, and focal points as outlined in the plan. The ‘focal points’ will guide the state as…

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Determining state-to-state migration with tax returns

The IRS has released Migration Data for 2015-2016. These data look at year-to-year address changes reported on individual income tax returns. These data track state and county level in and out flows of tax returns along with providing aggregate Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). A net-migration number for states and counties can be calculated looking at the difference between the inflows and outflows. Even though AGI is provided, it cannot be used to calculate income losses or gains. These back-of-the-envelope calculations can lead…

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Population Growth in Connecticut

The Census Bureau has released the 2017 population estimates for all towns in Connecticut. From July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017: Connecticut’s net population grew by an estimated 499 people. Stamford tops the list as the town with the highest numeric increase of people, estimated at 1,170 people While Bloomfield had the highest percent increase from 2016 to 2017, with a 3.9% increase. The following table lists the top 15 towns with the largest numeric population increase between July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017: Rank Town Numeric…

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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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