Governor Lamont marks International Open Data Day 2022

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Governor Lamont marks International Open Data Day 2022

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont celebrates International Open Data Day, observed March 5, 2022, by recognizing the transparency and openness of Connecticut state government.

“During my administration, we have been able to build on huge improvements by breaking down silos within state government to make data and information more clear, available and useful, through the open data portal of our state,“, Governor Lamont said. “The state’s open data efforts are hugely beneficial to our residents, businesses, and governments because we have the ability to make data instantly available and customizable to the user. This has allowed us to accurately report expenses, provide transparency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, assist with planning and development, and objectively guide decision-making. Our efforts have already received national recognition and I can’t wait to see what else we can do.

Some of the major open data initiatives launched recently, in conjunction with existing efforts, include:

  • Collaborate with the Connecticut Department of Public Health and other agencies to create data on the impact of COVID-19 available on the portal, including data resources, daily reports, school-level information, vaccine distribution, and contact tracing;
  • Support government transparency by publishing State expenditures and budgetsand data on how federal funds are assigned and used;
  • Develop a new clearing house for maps and geospatial data, building on the work of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Department of Transportation make their GIS data open and accessible; and
  • Improve the usability of the open data portal by launching a new homepage, ensuring data is up-to-date, clearly and comprehensively documented, and providing “data stories” with narration and visualizations, and improvement training equipment to help people navigate portal resources.

Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data around the world. Groups around the world are creating local events the day they use open data in their communities. This is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society.

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