Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an executive order to create an Internet portal for what he called "widespread amounts of raw government data."

Malloy, in a Feb. 20 statement, said the purpose is to display data in its rawest form, before it has been aggregated and analyzed. Executive Order No. 39 creates the Connecticut Open Data Portal. Once launched, it will be at http://data.ct.gov.

Analysts, academics, entrepreneurs and all members of the public will have the opportunity to use the posted data. The online portal will also give users the opportunity to visualize data through graphs or charts and on maps when applicable.

Connecticut signed a contract with Socrata Inc. to create the portal. Tyler Kleykamp of the Office of Policy and Management will serve as its chief data officer. Kleykamp coordinated state geospatial information systems at OPM.

"OPM is excited not only to lead this important initiative, but also to move Connecticut forward into the age of data-driven governing," said state budget director Benjamin Barnes.

Moody's Investors Service rates Connecticut's general obligation bonds Aa3. Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's rate them AA.

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