Colorado Data Commons

The Denver Foundation

Date Awarded
Grant Period
07/01/11 to 07/31/12
Focus Areas
Communities, Journalism, Media Innovation
Knight Community Information Challenge

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For Colorado Data Commons to take public data and make it easy for citizens to access and use

To increase residents’ access to useful news and information, The Denver Foundation, partnering with The Piton Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network, will create an online tool to unlock public data and make it easy for anybody to read and use. The project, called the Colorado Data Commons, will begin by identifying the barriers that keep government data from being more accessible, then devise tools to solve those problems. Some key features include an ability to link datasets and provide multiyear comparisons, creating not only tools that remove the barriers but also ways to visualize data that integrate social media so people can share their analyses. As an example, community groups could use the system to create a dashboard tracking, or even mapping, issues important to them.

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Rebecca Arno

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