Wednesday, February 8, 2017

SOS: How can public data create business insights?

How can public data create insights for business decision-makers? That’s what Secretary of State Wayne Williams hopes the Colorado business community can help answer on his newly launched online platform to brainstorm ideas.

"We believe public data is an asset and that it ought to be more easily accessible and usable for the people of Colorado, especially business decision-makers," said Secretary Williams.

“But we need your help. We’re looking for your ideas on how public data can create business insights. That includes everyone from the owner of a small business to a manager or CEO of a large corporation. How can public data help you?”

Submitters can pose a question or offer a problem they face in their business. Others can then vote in support of or comment to further develop or enhance an idea. You don’t need to have the answer or be able to implement a solution -- they’re just looking for your ideas.

The Secretary of State’s office has run the Business Intelligence Center program since 2013. Working with partners across the state, including the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, they seek to promote a healthy business environment statewide by making business-relevant data accessible and partnering with the private sector to drive innovation through the use of public data to solve business challenges.

The program pursues this mission in two key ways. First, it assists state agencies in publishing public data to the state’s open data platform, the Colorado Information Marketplace at Second, it runs the Go Code Colorado app challenge, where teams of software developers and entrepreneurs use public data to solve business challenges.

The fourth Go Code Colorado challenge kicked off this year on Feb. 1. Find out more information at

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