Explore COlorado open data on the Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM)
Colorado’s open data portal is available to the public on the Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM) at data.colorado.gov. CIM is an effort by the Governor’s Office of Information Technology to provide Colorado open data to citizens with a dataset catalog, dataset repository, an application programming interface (API) and several tools for exploring and visualizing data.
The Go Code Colorado data team collects, reviews and reformats (if necessary) data to make it as easy to work with as possible before uploading it to the CIM.
Be sure to check out the new Colorado Data Portal Status Blog for dataset status notifications, interesting insights from data providers and responses to questions asked in the ‘feedback form’ on the CIM.
For Colorado open data collected and formatted specifically by Go Code Colorado, click here or search for keyword ‘gocode’ on the CIM. Check out a list of other data resources participants can use for the Go Code Colorado competition.
Tips and Tricks on How to Use the Data Catalog
One great feature of the CIM is its ability to create filtered views on tables, save them and make them publicly available to others. When a user is looking for a known dataset, seeing data interpretations that have been completed by others can be greatly beneficial.
Look at Business Entities as an example:
There is a detriment to this feature, however, and it comes into play for users who don’t know what dataset they’re looking for in particular. In this scenario, simply browsing the catalog can seem a bit overwhelming, because users are looking for ONLY the raw data in an effort to see what unique datasets are available to them. A simple solution is to view just “Datasets” or “Maps”. Here’s how to do it:
The distinction between “Maps” and “Datasets” continues to be important as you move through the different ways to take advantage of the Colorado Information Marketplace data portal, and particularly when you go to use the SODA API feature. As amazing as it sounds, every dataset and map that you find can be pinged with an API call to power your application with a data feed from the agency.
In the first tutorial below, Chris Metcalf (our developer friend at Socrata) provides some basic context on how to use the Colorado Information Marketplace (powered by Socrata).
In this second video you will learn greater detail on use of the Geospatial API – which allows API access to the “Maps” datasets specifically. For a full list of all API documentation, check out data.colorado.gov Geospatial Datasets and APIs.