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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 ...

CT Data heads to Washington, DC!

On September 13th and 14th, the CT Data Collaborative's, Michelle Riordan-Nold and Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, will participate in and present at the Association for Public Data Users (APDU) Conference in Arlington, Virginia. The APDU is a consortium of data users and producers across the country concerned with state and federal data collection and dissemination. They provide members with helpful information about federal budgeting, data collection tools, and innovations in data visualization. 

This year's conference ...

New Population Projections by Town Available

Today, the CT State Data Center published 2015-2040 town level population projections by sex and age cohort. You can look at the new projections and get the data on our site but you can also access the data on their site and read a summary analysis of the projections.  

2017 Connecticut Town Profiles Now Available

Updated Connecticut Town Profile data now available at profiles.ctdata.org. This is a project in partnership with the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc (CERC). The Connecticut Data Collaborative annually updates 54 datasets that are contained in the profiles. Data are accessible in two ways: 

  1. Through the interactive tables which allows one to compare multiple municipalities or 
  2. Via a two-page PDF similar to what was previously produced by CERC 
Both 2016 and 2017 versions of ...

Another CT Data Day in the books: Synthesize!

On Friday, June 23rd, we convened the second of our 2017 CT Data Days conference series. Following up on the success of "Equip" back in March, this time, we organized a conference around the theme, "Synthesize." Issues related to data collection and analysis are perrenial challenges for many of our users. To respond to this need, we organized several panels focused on using data to tell stories and strategizing around how to collect new data ...

Migration and Population Trends in CT

Population change is a popular topic - we seem to remember the people that leave but what about the people that move into the state? And often we hear about one statistic or one source of data on migration. In this story we look at the big picture using multiple public data sources. We look underneath the topline numbers to understand if the steady drumbeat that ‘young people are leaving' or that the 'wealthy are leaving ...

Race and Ethnicity - Definitions and Measurement

In the past couple months, several users have asked for clarification on how data are reported on race and ethnicity. I also recently participated on a panel for the KidsCount release by the Connecticut Association of Human Services that focused on disaggregating data by race and ethnicity to better understand the inequities that exist among our residents.


On ctdata.org, we provide the data as collected by the original source. So for example, datasets that ...

Small Business Week: Benefit Corporations in CT

It is #SmallBusinessWeek!  To help celebrate those businesses and their contributions to the economy, CTData looked at the public business related data we have on our site that would be interesting to share. 

One of our projects this past year involved liberating the Secretary of State's Business registration data. Although the size of the businesses are not captured in the data, we decided that benefit corporations, a new business entity as of 2014 in ...

Struggling to get statewide education data? We have a solution!

Providing statewide education data has been at the core of CT Data's work since we began. Over the last year, we've been working primarily with data from the State Department of Education's EdSight portal. However, many of you have probably realized our datasets are stale.

Although we applaud the resources that the Department of Education has put into gathering and reporting district and school-level data through EdSight, we have been frustrated in ...

Open Data Legislation in CT (SB 1031)

In the winter of 2014, Governor Malloy signed Executive Order 39 which created the first open data initiative for Connecticut. A new raised bill, SB 1031, "An Act Concerning Thresholds for State Construction Contracts,  the Sharing of Executive Branch Agency Data and the Repeal of a Provision Concerning Appraisal Fees," codifies the Executive Order.

The CT Data Collaborative fully supports this next step and sees it as critical for ensuring the long term success of ...

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