The Linked Information Network of Colorado (LINC) is a state collaborative that supports timely and cost-efficient research, evaluation, and analytics using integrated data across state agencies. LINC is designed to securely share data to a centralized linking hub in state government to produce anonymized datasets for approved end users. LINC development is partially supported by seed funds and staff commitment from the Colorado Lab. Read the Data Initiative Description here.
The Colorado Lab partnered with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) to co-design LINC with state agencies. At present, LINC partners include:
The LINC model is consistent with the Build Once, Use Often philosophy and is responsive to pain points of siloed information. It integrates data across agencies for business analytics and research with a commitment to all data being anonymized for end users and privacy ensured.
LINC is supported by data scientist John Hokkanen at the Governor’s Office of Information Technology.
For more information on LINC, please contact the Lab’s Director of Data Integration & Analytics and Acting LINC Director, Whitney LeBoeuf (email@example.com).
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