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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 ...

Call to Action: Protect & Preserve Federal Open Data

Part of our mission and one of our core founding principles is to advocate for open data. In this article, we will inform you of changes at the federal level impacting open data and also ask you to engage with the DataRescue event at Yale University (see details below). 

Initially the CT Data Collaborative focused on open data in Connecticut. However, we also recognize the importance of data collected by the federal government on the ...

February's Open Data Call

On February 21st, we convened the third monthly Open Data Call! Every month the call gets a little bigger and we are able to connect users to exciting tools, resources and events. This month, our state's Chief Data Officer, Tyler Kleykamp, joined the call to tell users about some updates to the state's Open Data Portal and preview some open data coming from one state agency. At the bottom of this post, please ...

Jenna Daly joins CT Data as new Data Manager!

We are thrilled to announce that Jenna Daly of Glastonbury joined the team as our new Data Manager. She will be responsible for coordinating data management and contributing to CT Data’s growing repository of accessible data related to the general operations of the organization.

Daly brings experiences as an engineer and most recently from United Technologies Corporation where she served as an IT Specialist in Corporate Applications. Previously, she was a systems engineer at ...

CTData Forum Summary: Migration in CT Part II

This is a summary of data presented by Thomas Cooke, Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut and also a subsequent paper published by Manisha Srivastava in the December 2016 issue of the CT Economic Digest

We had our second forum in November -- with over 20 people present from all sectors, and unfortunately with our big conference in December and the holidays, I’m just writing the summary now! However, it’s timely as ...

CT Data convenes 7th Conference: Counting What Matters

On Friday, December 9, 2016, data professionals from across Connecticut gathered at the Lyceum in Hartford to spend a day learning, networking, and honing their skills at the Connecticut Data Collaborative’s winter conference, Counting What Matters: Better Data for Better Policy in Connecticut. Thanks to CT-N, you can watch a broadcast of many of the day's sessions here.

The theme of the conference, Counting What Matters, taps into a growing concern that as ...

When data drives policy state advances

It was once said that “Numbers have life; they're not just symbols on paper.” The Connecticut Data Collaborative is working diligently to breathe life into the state’s data — to advance effective planning and decision-making through the use of open and accessible data.

The results thus far have been encouraging, showcasing the many ways that data can (and should) inform state policy-making and decision-making in the public and private sector. Now, the efforts are ...

Implications of Migration - Topic of First Forum

Last week we launched the first in a quarterly series of forums to discuss pressing questions facing state policymakers, focusing on current research and areas of research that could be pursued in order to better inform policy leaders and drive decision-making. 

The first forum provided an in-depth look at migration, examining the trends in data and dispelling the anecdotes and headlines that discuss a net loss in population. In fact, Connecticut saw a net inflow ...

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