We work to raise awareness and promote the accessibility of open data sources in and about the Twin Cities community. We use open data to reflect on civic issues and help us advocate for our community. Here are a few ways you can start engaging with open data...
Contribute to a data crowdsourcing campaign
There are a lot of existing data collection and curation projects that need your help! Many of these require no specific skill sets--other than your enthusiasm--and are a great project for beginners.
- Common Voice [Mozilla]
- Humanitarian Open Street Maps mapping
- Open Street Maps accessibility mapping
- Gender-neutral restrooms mapping
Find data for your passion...then use it to tell and share a story
Exploring data can be a fun way to learn more about something you’re already passionate about! Try some exploratory data analysis, create a data visualization, or put your data on a map. As you’re exploring, do you notice trends or patterns in the data that you think others should know about? Write a letter to the editor, create a podcast, or publish a blog post on your findings.
Minnesota data portals
- Demographic Center
- Department of Health
- Geospatial Commons
- Secretary of State
- Minnesota Data Collection Spreadsheet - An advanced Google spreadsheet collecting and cataloging 1000's of datasets available for Minnesota. Including a single place to search for links to datasets included on MetroGIS, MNGeo, MN DNR, and more. This was created by a team participating in the Open Twin Cities 2013 Open Data Day/CodeAcross Hackathon.
- Anoka County GIS Data
- Carver County Open Data Portal
- Dakota County GIS Data
- Hennepin County GIS Portal
- Hennepin County revenues and expenditures interactive dashboard
- Ramsey County Open Data Portal
- Scott County Open Data
- Washington County Open Geospatial Data
- Saint Paul Open Data Portal
- Saint Paul Budget
- Minneapolis Open Data Portal
- Minneapolis Budget
- Minneapolis GIS Portal
Other data sources:
- awesomedata/awesome-public-datasets [GitHub]
- Census.gov Academy - free courses to teach you how to use Census data
Data visualization/analysis tools:
Can’t find the data you’re looking for? Advocate!
There are lots of ways you can advocate for more open data! If you can’t find data to address your particular interests/questions/concerns, we can help you identify ways to advocate for making it available.
- File a government data request:
- Sunlight Foundation
- Project Open Data
- US City Open Data Census
- Open Data Day