To increase transparency in state government, Connecticut unveiled Data.ct.gov as a central location for government produced data.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement, “We launched this website to as part of our goal to make the data collected by state government more open and easily accessible to its owners – the taxpayers of Connecticut. Data.ct.gov will make vast amounts of data – data that was previously hard to find – easily accessible to individuals, researchers, entrepreneurs, academics, policymakers and other state agencies, and spur a new level of innovation and collaboration in our state.”
The site features data in eight categories: Business, Government, Education, Public Safety, Transportation, Health, Environment, Housing and Development. The data is collected by executive branch agencies and an executive order signed by Malloy last year instructs the state agencies to identify and upload the data to the site.
The site has some data already, including traffic counts for the state, leased and owned state buildings, and information about the state’s First Five Program. Sections for Health and Public Safety were empty as of Monday at noon.