Socrata, Inc.

Socrata, Inc.

June 28, 2011 08:02 ET

Socrata Strengthens Open Data Market Leadership

Data.gov the Latest Marquee Customer to Standardize on the Turnkey, Cloud-based Socrata Open Data Platform™

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) - Leading government organizations throughout the U.S. have standardized on the cloud-based Socrata Open Data Platform™ to share their public information with citizens, developers and other governments. Customers chose Socrata to transform their public data sites into a strategic platform for cost-effective service and information delivery, in addition to transparency and citizen participation.

Innovative states like Washington, Oklahoma, Illinois and Oregon; progressive cities and counties like Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans and King County; and data intensive federal agencies including National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Medicare and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are enjoying the benefits of the next generation of cloud-based Open Data services. These Open Data thought leaders are offering their constituents an engaging and accessible data consumption experience, enabling developers to transform raw data into services, and empowering their internal stakeholders to automate data sharing and publishing, while eliminating infrastructure and custom development.

"We were able to launch data.oregon.gov on the Socrata platform very quickly, and immediately started to deliver more relevant information to Oregonians than ever before, using fewer resources," said Dugan Petty, Oregon State CIO. "The citizen experience makes our data broadly accessible and socially engaging, which gives our constituents an opportunity to co-create with us the kind of online public services that Oregon's digital economy needs."

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, after deploying its Socrata-powered site. Internal participation in Oregon's Open Data program also increased from 3 agencies initially, to 13 at the conclusion of a six-week pilot.

The City of Seattle for its part has been an early pioneer in Open Data and has partnered with Socrata for almost two years. Seattle was the first major city to standardize on the Socrata platform for publishing public data, the first to automate data publishing for its groundbreaking real-time 911 dataset via the Socrata Open Data API (SODA), and the first to offer a unified consumption experience for the city's transactional and geospatial data in one accessible public catalog.

Bill Schrier, Seattle's Chief Technology Officer and one of Open Data's most outspoken advocates says: "Very early on, we understood the power of APIs to simplify access to data for web and mobile application developers. Certainly data.seattle.gov offers a simple, easy, interactive online experience for Seattle's residents and others, but where we really want to push the envelope is in API enabling our data. In fact by making our city data easily available via APIs, we widen potential access for residents and businesses and make it possible for them reuse our services in unprecedented ways."

He adds, "We're just at the beginning of a government transformation enabled by Open Data as a platform. With new, constrained, government budgets, we're able to leverage a large community of people outside government to make government and the information it collects more accessible to everyone."

Delivered as a cost-effective Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) the Socrata Open Data Platform™ allows governments to achieve economies of scope by liberating their underutilized data assets that are trapped in transactional and geospatial systems, and optimizing that data for universal access and unlimited reuse.

Socrata accelerates the flow of accessible and reusable data and its transformation into powerful new applications and services for improving the lives of citizens while eliminating the need for costly infrastructure, scarce IT resources and custom development.

The FISMA-compliant Socrata cloud platform features the world's most advanced Open Data services:

  • A universally accessible data consumption experience that makes data easy to find, easy to use, and easy to visualize.
  • Built-in socially-enriched data sharing to promote participation, increase distribution and enable co-creation.
  • Automated publisher tools to streamline the aggregation and flow of data and to measure its impact.
  • Open Data Federation Services to elegantly and effortlessly allow multiple jurisdictions to share their data, from the smallest city all the way to Data.gov.
  • Socrata Open Data APIs (SODA) to turn raw data into discoverable and reusable services.

About Socrata

The Socrata Open Data Platform™ is the most widely-adopted Open Data solution in Government. Socrata customers include Medicare, State of Washington and City of Seattle. Socrata was recently chosen to deliver the next-generation Open Data platform for Data.Gov and participating federal agencies, through its GSA reseller and fulfillment partner, Alamo City Engineering Services.

Socrata, founded in 2007, is based in the Pioneer Square district of Seattle, Washington. Socrata is privately owned and backed by venture investors Frazier Technology Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures. To learn more about Socrata, visit www.socrata.com.

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