SEATTLE--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Socrata, Inc. [www.socrata.com], a Seattle-based cloud software company focused exclusively on democratizing access to government data, today announced it has joined the membership ranks of the Open Data Institute (ODI), an independent, non-profit, non-partisan company founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt to promote and protect open data.
“With committed partners like Socrata, it’s clear that we can keep open data progress moving ahead in a significant way.”
Socrata’s technology and expertise help organizations invigorate citizen engagement, strengthen government decision-making, improve the efficiency of government processes, and stimulate local economic growth through open data.
Socrata’s products offer:
- Open access in the cloud to government data that is available to citizens
- High-performance, ubiquitous, open-standard data APIs to create a local data economy
- Powerful management and communication tools to transform open data into fuel for better decision-making
“We are grateful to have Socrata as part of our organization, and equally appreciative that the company will provide some of the most important ingredients to help us fulfill our mission,” says Berners-Lee. “With committed partners like Socrata, it’s clear that we can keep open data progress moving ahead in a significant way.”
Kevin Merritt, Founder and CEO of Socrata, says, “Growing access to government data in the cloud creates an expanded platform for innovation. And that’s one of the reasons why we’re incredibly excited to be part of ODI, which has engaged and involved some of the smartest and most forward-thinking people in the entire open data ecosystem. We’re looking forward to being an active member of the ODI as we work collaboratively with other members, and on an international scale, to continue to promote of the value of an open data world.”
Socrata’s suite of cloud-based products, including its industry-leading open data platform, power data-driven innovation in some of the largest public sector organizations in the world. Socrata’s customers include the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as the ACT Government of Australia, Belo Horizonte (Brazil), the Country of Kenya, and Lombardia (Italy). In the U.S., Socrata’s open data portal supports programs for the U.S. federal government, the states of New York, Maryland, and Illinois, as well as U.S. cities and counties, such as New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, New Orleans, King County (Washington), and Cook County (Illinois).