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State Demographer offers data visualization contest

The Minnesota Data Opener is calling on data nerds, students, policy wonks and more to explore educational attainment in our state.

If you’re interested in data visualization and Minnesota, check out this new contest from the State Demographer’s office and journalist Michael Olson. The first-ever Minnesota Data Opener is calling for creative and innovative projects that will help illuminate a complex issue in our state: education.

Using the data they provide [.xls], applicants are encouraged to submit an entry — chart, interactive, photo or video — that “helps Minnesotans understand a problem or challenge relating to educational attainment in our state.” The workbook contains educational data by age, race/ethnicity, gender, nativity and more — providing a wealth of themes to explore.

Sound fun? Entries are due by June 10. Learn more at