It’s a lot like spinning straw into gold….transforming dormant information by and about the government into powerful info-tools that people can actually use to solve problems, create new products and services, learn about their community – and hold their government accountable. It’s happening at the national level (at this week’s Datapalooza launched by the White House) and in vibrant communities around the country.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has announced that his office will host Minnesota’s first statewide mash-up between information mavens and the enormous wealth of public data just waiting to be brought to life. Capitol Code: An Open Data Jam, is set for Saturday, February 22, at CoCo in Uptown Minneapolis. (http://cocomsp.com/locations/minneapolis/
Participants will have a chance to muck with data ranging from the vast resources of the Bureau of the Census to stashes of state stuff housed in a host of federal, state, regional and local agencies.
Capitol Code is open to citizens, analysts, business and community leaders, designers, government officials, media, software programmers, elected officials, advocates – well, anybody who wants to share ideas, learn – or model – some tricks of the trade, basically find out how to be a agile player in the information game.
The day is free and open. Active partners in the project include MN.IT, E-Democracy.org, the Minnesota State Demographic Center and community technology groups including Open Twin Cities.
Be on the watch for information to follow through traditional and all the latest social media channels Capitol Code planners have at the ready. Or call Nathan Bowie at the Secretary of State’s Office 651 297 8919.