Socrata, Inc.

Socrata, Inc.

September 20, 2011 09:00 ET

Socrata Powers Award-winning Open Data Programs in Oregon and Seattle

Data.Oregon.Gov and Data.Seattle.Gov Win National Recognition for Innovation in Government-to-Citizen Services

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2011) - The State of Oregon and the City of Seattle, two of Socrata's early adopter customers, were recognized on September 16, 2011 for their leading Open Data programs. They were each presented with a 2011 Digital Government Achievement Award (DGAA) in the Government-to-Citizen category.

"Data.Seattle.Gov is an integral part of our strategy to provide Seattle residents with open and easy access to information about their city and give them a voice in shaping its future," says Bill Schrier, Seattle's Chief Technology Officer. "When we launched the country's first interactive City Data Portal in 2009, our goal was to make data as easy to find, use and share, as any other content on the web. We now have more than 370 datasets, including building permits, Neighborhood Matching Fund grant data and the nation's first real-time 911 fire and crime dataset. This collaborative and transparent process with the public has resulted in 400% growth in adoption of Data.Seattle.Gov, year to date."

In addition to user-friendly online data exploration, rich visualization and social sharing capabilities to enhance the citizen experience, the cloud-based Socrata Open Data Platform™ enables Seattle and Oregon to remove friction in the publishing process and in providing open and uniform programmatic access for developers. State and City employees use a feature-rich intuitive toolset that enables them to manage and publish information about their programs directly to their constituents, without delays or technical assistance. Civic developers also gain automatic programmatic access to every dataset published, via the Socrata Open Data API (SODA).

For the State of Oregon, this award is one many accolades the state has won in the past year for its nation-leading Open Government program. The State of Oregon went from a 'D' rating to a leader in transparency by the U.S. PIRG and from a C to an A+ in the Sunshine Review rating, and is currently a finalist for the NASCIO Open Government Initiatives Award category.

"We continue to leverage the Socrata platform to enhance not only transparency and citizen engagement, but also to institute innovative ways to deliver information and services more efficiently." Says Dugan Petty, the State of Oregon's Chief Information Officer. "We are working with Socrata on a number of cost-saving innovations like a ubiquitous location-aware mobile experience and collaborative authoring workflows."

Oregon was the first state in the nation to publish real-time site statistics on its Open Data site, the first to produce a documented case study for cost savings through Open Data, and the first to federate data from the federal data.gov catalog, giving Oregonians access to close to 5,000 additional datasets. Data.oregon.gov enjoys active support from 20 state agencies, has about 200 native datasets and citizen adoption has increased by 649% since January of 2011.

"We feel very fortunate that Socrata's technology innovations are being embraced, supported and even driven by forward-thinking customers like Oregon and Seattle," says Kevin Merritt, Socrata's founder and CEO. "In many ways, our early adopter customers are our design partners. Their success is the major reason why Socrata has earned the trust of more than 30 leading government organizations ranging from data.gov and Health and Human Services Administration, to other visionary cities like Chicago, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco as well progressive states like Illinois, Washington and Oklahoma."

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.

About Socrata

Socrata is the leading developer and provider of Open Data Services, a category of cloud-based Web 2.0 solutions that enable federal, state, and local governments to dramatically improve the reach, usability and usefulness of their public information assets.

The Socrata Open Data Platform™ optimizes the management and timely dissemination of relevant information and data-driven services to citizen, professional and internal government audiences, in self-service mode and across multiple channels. Information assets include tabular data, geospatial data, unstructured content and real-time data from government transactional systems of record.

Socrata customers include cities such as Seattle, Edmonton, Chicago and Baltimore, states such as Oregon, Illinois and Oklahoma, and federal agencies such as Medicare, SAMHSA and GSA (Data.gov). Socrata is a private company, based in Seattle, Washington, with venture financing from Frazier Technology Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures. To learn more about Socrata, visit www.socrata.com.

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