Colorado IT Officials Launch Open Data Planning Site

Local Colorado IT officials form a group Web site for strategizing a possible statewide open data site in Colorado.

by / February 4, 2010

Photo: Michele Hovet, director of IT, Arvada, Colo./Photo courtesy of Arvada, Colo.

IT officials from Arvada, Colo., and other local governments in the state recently launched a group Web site for strategizing a potential statewide open data site in Colorado. Local governments in the state would be able to post data sets on the open data site, which the public could access for crafting applications of their own. Cities like the District of Columbia and San Francisco have released similar data sets in the form of contests with cash prizes for the best applications. Those who think Colorado's statewide open data site ought to do the same thing should join the new group site to make their suggestions. Anyone interested is welcome to register, said Michele Hovet, director of IT for Arvada.

"If you are a government employee, concerned citizen, journalist, programmer, hacker, elected official, vendor or techie interested in how you can participate in transforming government in Colorado, we encourage you to join our group," said the mission statement on the group site established to plan the statewide site.

"We are like a think tank, educational resource, and open source technology community all rolled into one," the site said.

Officials from Denver, Lakewood and Boulder County, Colo., will meet with Hovet in Arvada on Feb. 8. at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the statewide open data site idea. Government Technology will report on any concrete ideas resulting from that meeting.


Andy Opsahl

Andy Opsahl is a former writer and features editor for Government Technology magazine.

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