ODTV Video of the Week: Making Data Accessible for All

June 19, 2015 8:16 am PDT | Effective Governing, Open Data

On Connecticut’s open data portal, it’s possible to easily view and interact with visualizations of traffic stop data, including where and when the stops took place, their duration, and details about the driver. For Tyler Kleykamp, Connecticut’s Chief Data Officer, making this data accessible, as well as all the other datasets available on the site, is a critical way to connect with the State’s residents. Many people come to the site to filter the data and do their own analysis, says Kleykamp in this week’s featured OpenData.TV video.

And that’s exactly what Connecticut hopes to see. “We want to be the place where people can go to get an answer to a simple question,” comments Kleykamp. In a data-driven world, Kleykamp believes information should be readily accessible for everyone — not just coders, data scientists, and other experts. “We believe that anybody should be able to access and use our data,” says Kleykamp. It’s a valuable way to connect with Connecticut’s residents, and easily show when programs and policy are successful.

Watch the full video to see why Kleykamp believes that opening up data is a common-sense choice that will allow governments to make better policy, and do more with less.

 

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