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Public notice
State Demographic Center supports upcoming Capitol Code: An Open Data Jam

Description: Partners with Secretary of State’s Office to encourage new technology solutions
Date: January 17, 2014
Subject(s): Demography
Creator(s): Minnesota Department of Administration
Publisher: Minnesota Department of Administration. Office of the State Demographer

The Minnesota State Demographic Center is proud to support Capitol Code: An Open Data Jam, a free, one-day event to encourage greater use of public datasets on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Hosted by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office, Capitol Code is an opportunity for citizens to collaborate and generate new technology solutions — such as smartphone applications or websites.

“We are delighted to partner with Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and his office in encouraging all citizens — especially civic-minded coders and technologists — to unlock new applications for public data that benefit us all,” says State Demographer Susan Brower.

The Capitol Code public data sets available are related to voting and elections, such as polling place data and election results, as well as information from the office’s Business Services Division, such as business filings. Additional public datasets from the Minnesota State Demographic Center, U.S. Census Bureau, and other state agencies will also be available.

Capitol Code is open to analysts, business and community leaders, designers, government officials, media, software programmers and other interested parties. Participants may register at Capitol Code: An Open Data Jam. Following the event, applications developed by participants will be posted and presented online for the public.

The event will be held at Coco in Uptown Minneapolis, a co-working space that is being donated with support from Google for Entrepreneurs. In addition to the Minnesota State Demographic Center, Capitol Code partners include the state’s lead technology agency, MN.IT; E-Democracy.org; and community technology groups such as Open Twin Cities.

For more information, see Capitol Code: An Open Data Jam or visit the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s page.

 

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