Free online course offers help in using public data

Jena Griswold

A free online course offers information to businesses and others about how to access and analyze public data.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office and Business Research Division of the University of Colorado launched the Data Tools eLearning course.

“Government should help Coloradans achieve their own American dream. We are excited to collaborate with the University of Colorado to bring new and innovative tools to the business community,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold.

Colorado government agencies collect volumes of public business and economic data. This data could help businesses with strategic planning, but historically has been kept in different places and formats, making it difficult for most businesses to use, Griswold said. The Secretary of State’s office works with local, state and federal government agencies to aggregate and publish data.

The Secretary of State Business Intelligence Center aggregates public data and makes it available to the widest audience in the most useful format. The center and Business Research Division of the University of Colorado developed the online course after hosting in-person data workshops across the state.

By the end of the online course, participants will be able to access federal and state public data sources and analyze public data to make informed business decisions.

The course is available on the Secretary of State tutorials and training site at https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/info_center/training.html#bic.