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June 2023 Data Snapshot

June 1, 2023
This month, we discuss changes coming to metadata fields in response to the state government realignment. We also highlight a dataset from the State of Delaware that provides information on disciplinary actions for professional and occupational licensees. Lastly, we summarize improvements made to

May 2023 Data Snapshot

May 1, 2023
This month, we highlight a couple reports, one from here in Iowa and one from the state of Washington that make data more accessible to the public, and introduce a new data literacy program. In Iowa, the Department of Corrections is now publishes a daily Correctional System Census providing

April 2023 Data Snapshot

April 4, 2023
This month, we highlight new quick start videos to teach users the basics of interacting with data on We provide you with an updated procedure for publishing new views that incorporates functionality available in the new exploration canvas. We also introduce a new playbook for

March 2023 Data Snapshot

March 1, 2023
This month, we spotlight a report on the Lifeline Program, which is dedicated to making phone and internet more affordable to those in need. We also highlight a new resource page available on DOM's recently redesigned website, and introduce a new playbook for calculating simple moving averages. We

February 2023 Data Snapshot

February 1, 2023
This month, we spotlight the new Iowa Prison Recidivism dashboard which highlights a key outcome important to the Department of Corrections. We also discuss feature that will be deprecated this year in favor for enhancements made to stories. There are also new enhancements available in the

January 2023 Data Snapshot

January 3, 2023
This month, we spotlight a couple public safety datasets from around the country. The first dataset spotlighted presents all traffic and investigatory stops made in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The second is police dispatched incidents in Montgomery County, MD. We also provide a tip on how to add

December 2022 Data Snapshot

December 1, 2022
This month, we spotlight a highly interactive report providing information on reported crashes in the State of Iowa. We also provide a short checklist to ensure datasets that support monitoring performance provide a good foundation for the creation and publication of private, internal or public

November 2022 Data Snapshot

November 1, 2022
No, we didn't skip the October newsletter! We are just renaming the newsletter using the month it is published instead of the previous month. This month, we highlight a dataset published in the State of Washington that provides comprehensive data on health care provider credentials. We also

September 2022 Data Snapshot

October 3, 2022
The September 2022 Data Snapshot highlights the Iowa Liquor Sales dataset, provides reasons for publishing data, and lists live training available in October.

August 2022 Data Snapshot

September 1, 2022
The August 2022 Data Snapshot highlights the Current Iowa Correctional System Prison Population, introduces parameters, editing metadata on derived views, discusses the new look for the internal site, and lists the live training available in September.