Illinois creates website to share state data

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Illinois now has a searchable website of information from state agencies.

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois now has a searchable website of information from state agencies.

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday announced the launch of the State of Illinois Open Data website at http://www.data.illinois.gov. The website is an effort of the Governor’s Illinois Innovation Council.

The governor’s office says it will encourage creative use of state information and inform citizens about how their government works.

It also will allow for mobile device applications to be written around the data. The website’s first phase include state transportation, economic, revenue and environmental data. Quinn’s office says more state agencies will be added to the site.

Quinn says the website gives the public a chance to "use state data in novel and interesting ways."

Online: http://www.illinoisinnovation.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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