Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office hosting Saturday’s ‘Open Data Jam’

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office hopes to find new uses for the public data it collects, so it is hosting a “Capitol Code: An Open Data Jam” on Saturday in Minneapolis.

Analysts, business and community leaders, designers, government officials, media, software innovators and others are invited to the “jam,” which runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at CoCo Uptown, 1010 W. Lake St., Minneapolis.

Registration is open until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.

It’s described as “a collaborative, idea-sharing event for citizens to use accessible public datasets to create new technology solutions that can stimulate business ideas — such as smartphone applications or websites.”

The Secretary of State’s Office will provide public datasets for the event related to voting and elections (such as polling place information and election results), as well as business filings, official documents (proclamations, extraditions, oaths), and more. Public datasets from the Minnesota State Demographic Center, U.S. Census Bureau and other state agencies also will be available.

Organizers say the jam is part of the office’s goal “to provide additional public datasets in a direct, immediate and accessible format to engage the public, and make government more transparent and accountable.”

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