Virginia launches online data portal

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The Commonwealth has announced the launch of Data.Virginia, a website that will provide easy access to Virginia’s open data and keep Virginians informed on the state’s major big data initiatives.

“Virginia is generating more data on a daily basis than ever before. Much of that information is intended for public access but is often buried and hard to find. With this new initiative, Virginians will have a one-stop shop to get access to data from a variety of sources,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement. The data can help citizens make informed decisions, assist innovators who are building cutting-edge applications and aid community leaders when planning projects, he said.

Examples of open datasets that will be available through the website include the Department of Education’s State Report Card on school performances, the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s database of board and commission openings, and the Department of Transportation’s traffic data from across Virginia.

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