The most fun thing about “Story Maps” starting to take hold in practice is watching all of the different methods unfold. Although there’s still not a Wikipedia page for “Story Maps” it is fairly well accepted that the term was coined by Allen Carroll, former Chief Cartographer at National Geographic and current ESRI Storytelling Program […]
For a lot of people working in research or trying to build businesses know the importance of having freely available data. Researchers are often asking the difficult scientific questions about the world that often do not have data collected directly to answer them. Finding publicly available datasets is essential to so many scientific studies because […]
International Data Week was held in Denver during the week of September 11-17, 2016. A triumvirate of three organizations including the International Council for Science Committee on Data for Science and Technology, the Research Data Alliance, and the International Council for Science World Data System brought together a week-long event. Two days of academic sessions […]
Good data fuels successful apps App developers have one shot with app users to get them to keep an app on their phone – when the user downloads it and takes it for a test drive. The app either returns the results users are looking for and provides something useful, or it gets deleted. If […]
Colorado has done something quite innovative and has been recognized with a StateScoop 50 award for State Innovation of the Year.
And Xentity was glad to be a part of it.
Colorado’s Office of the Secretary of State invented and delivered Go Code Colorado
, an app development competition for using public data to address challenges identified by the business community. Three teams built winning apps and business plans and will have their technology licensed by the state for a year. These teams have formed businesses; some are in discussions with investors and some have left their day jobs to focus on building their new venture.
Here’s the genius of Go Code Colorado: the State took funds from the filing fees that businesses pay to register their businesses and GAVE IT BACK to the business community through Go Code Colorado… AND incubated three new promising businesses in the process.
Plans are to build on this first year and run Go Code Colorado for a second year… on a larger scale and improving on many aspects based on lessons learned from year one.
Xentity had the pleasure of participating in Go Code Colorado as the State’s data management provider — sourcing, curating, improving and publishing 38 datasets from state agencies from Higher Ed to Labor and Employment.