About | Contact | SUBMIT PRESS | Advertise | FAQ
Newsletters | Twitter |
Software | Webmaps | Submit Press | Utilities | Geo BIZ | iOS | Social Media | LBS | Webinars | LiDAR | Cloud  

Top Geo News
Put Your News here! 

UN recognition for disaster resilience apps

Got news? TELL US...
submit press to GISuser

Social Connect

GISuser Sponsor

Recent Site Additions
GISuser Sponsor

GISuser Videos

See also SpatialVideos Youtube

GISuser Sponsor

Home arrow News arrow Open Source, OpenGov and Open geo arrow Socrata Announces Release of Open Data Field Guide     

post a GIS job * THE NEW GEOJOBS.BIZ!!! *  NEW CAREERS at Esri
See THOUSANDS of jobs on GeoJobs.Biz
Submit News/tips to press @gisuser.com
Socrata Announces Release of Open Data Field Guide PDF Print E-mail
GIS News - Open Source, OpenGov and Open geo
Written by Socrata   
13 February 2013
Free online resource guides government leaders through the open data opportunity, from vision and strategy to organizational alignment and step-by-step execution.

SEATTLE, WA – February 13, 2013 – Cloud-based, open data platform provider Socrata, Inc. today announced the release of its “Open Data Field Guide.” This freely available web resource provides practical information about starting and growing a successful open data initiative. The insight is the product of four years of involvement in the open data field, working with many innovative government organizations around the world.

“We have captured what we’ve learned working alongside thought leaders like the World Bank, Health and Human Services, New York City and Chicago. We’ve supported their efforts at greater transparency, and discovered the amazing transformation that can happen once organizations put their troves of valuable data to work,” says Socrata CEO Kevin Merritt. “This guide is designed to share what we know right now. It will continue to evolve as the field grows.”

Beginning with topics like, “Why Open Data? Why Now?” the Guide covers a range of key success factors such as goal setting, organizational alignment, community outreach, data release plans, the six steps to open data program implementation, and more.

Socrata interviewed a number of its customers to add their advice to the Guide. It features insights from many of them and, to start, full interviews from three major players in the Chicago open data community, Chief Data Officer Brett Goldstein, Director of Performance Management and Analytics, Tom Schenk, and civic hacker Derek Eder.

Socrata plans to publish more full interviews over the coming months from thought leaders at organizations like the state of Colorado, the World Bank, the city of Edmonton, state of Maryland, state of Oregon, and many other innovators in the field.

“We want people to read the Guide, engage, give feedback, and use it to strengthen the open data community,” says Merritt. “This is a living document.”

The Guide also features an “Open Data Toolkit” with resources like “Top 10 Open Datasets,” “Promoting Your Portal: A How-To Guide,” and “How to Run a Hackathon.”

“The toolkit will grow as pioneering open data efforts continue to mature. This field is young. Our goal is to share what we learn and offer government leaders everywhere the resources they need, so that no one has to start from scratch,” says Merritt.

About Socrata

Socrata is a Seattle-based cloud software company, focused exclusively on democratizing access to government data. We help public sector organizations improve transparency, citizen service and fact-based decision-making by efficiently delivering data to those who need it, in a user-friendly experience on web, mobile and machine-to-machine interfaces. These are all core functions of open data.

Delivered as turnkey cloud services, our easy-to-use open data products empower our customers to unlock the full value of their data with unprecedented speed and cost savings. Innovators like the World Bank, Medicare, Data.gov, EnergyStar, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Oregon, Montgomery County, and Maryland, have all chosen Socrata as the technology platform for their strategic data sharing initiatives. To learn more about Socrata, visit www.socrata.com.


< Prev   Next >

 Did you enjoy this article/news and want to stay informed? 
Click to subscribe to the 2X A Week GISuser Today E-Newsletter

Submit Your GIS/Geo News/PR

blog comments powered by Disqus
Geo EDU Tip
To GISP or Not? What Does It Mean To You? 
HOT Devices
Video - Trimble Positions and the Geo Explorer 6000 XH
Social Media Tips
10 Map Services Your Business MUST Be Listed in
Featured Events
  • Trimble Dimmensions - Trimble Dimensions User Conference is the premier event of the year for professionals wishing to stay on top of the most current information on a wide range of technologies. Nov 3-5, Las Vegas, NV.
  • InterGeo 2014 - INTERGEO is the world's leading conference trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. Oct 7-9, 2014, Berlin

 List Your Event Here 

THE GISuser Newsletter

See Recent edition

subscribe GISuser

We won't share your address!

Popular Stuff!

GISuser Site Sponsor

Partner Sites

lidar news



geojobs Geo jobs


A Spatial Media LLC property

Spatial Media, LLC ©2003 - 2013 All rights reserved / Privacy Statement