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Go Code Colorado is all about public data

Go Code Colorado organizers use their knowledge of state government operations to make public government data, most commonly known as “public data”, easier to find and easier to use. After we find the public data, participants in the Go Code Colorado competition turn that public data into useful business insights and tools.

Go Code Colorado recognizes government agencies collect mountains of data in the course of regular operations. That data has tremendous potential beyond the agency’s primary purpose, and the private sector is much better positioned to define that value and use the data accordingly. The Go Code Colorado competition asks data analysts, software developers, designers, business and marketing professionals, entrepreneurs and other big thinkers to the find value in the data we collect and do something awesome with it.

Learn more about Go Code Colorado’s data resources:

Explore COlorado public data on the Colorado Information Marketplace

Go Code Colorado competition participants can explore Colorado public data through the Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM) public data portal and learn tips and tricks for using CIM.

The Colorado Information Marketplace is an effort by the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology to provide Colorado public data to citizens. It offers a dataset catalog and 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 easier to work with before uploading it to 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 via the feedback form on CIM.

The Go Code Colorado data team has collected and formatted Colorado public data specifically for Go Code Colorado. The link leads to a catalog search on CIM with keyword “gocodecolorado”.

Tips and Tricks for Using CIM

One great feature of 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:


Colorado open data is available for browsing through the Colorado Information Marketplace. There is lots of data available on CIM for Go Code Colorado participants to use.


There is a detriment to the filtered views feature, however, and it comes into play for users who don’t know which dataset they’re looking for. 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 which unique datasets are available to them. A simple solution is to view just “Datasets” or “Maps”. Here’s how to do it:


Browse for Colorado open data more easily by filtering your search results with View Type filters.


The distinction between “Maps” and “Datasets” continues to be important as one moves through the options on the CIM data portal, and particularly when utilizing the SODA API feature. Every dataset and map on the portal can be pinged with an API call.

In the tutorial below, Chris Metcalf (our developer friend at Socrata) provides some basic context about how to use CIM (powered by Socrata).


If you’re new to the Go Code Competition, be sure to visit the Compete and Rules sections of our website to learn more about the competition.


In next tutorial below, you can learn greater detail about the use of the Geospatial API, which allows API access to the “Maps” datasets, specifically. The category of “External Datasets” also contains lots of links to data endpoints. For a full list of all API documentation, check out Socrata’s data.colorado.gov Geospatial Datasets and APIs


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