Socrata provides how-to guides, case studies, whitepapers, hangouts, and other resources to inspire you and help ensure that your open data initiative is a success.
The Open Data Field Guide
Need help defining your open data program, defining clear goals, and harnessing the potential of your data? The Guide helps you ask the right questions as you set up your open data initiative.
The Open Government Data Benchmark Study
New to open data? Learn what your peers are saying about their initiatives, how your constituents feel about transparency, and discover practical ways to enable civic application developers.
Unlock Government Data with Social Data Discovery
What can Socrata’s Social Data Platform do for you? Learn how a social data discovery solution can improve civic engagement, government transparency, and decision and policy making.
How to Establish an Effective GovStat Program
Learn how to build a team, set goals, address common challenges, and maximize the outcomes of your efforts. The Guide is written by Beth Blauer, former Director of Maryland’s StateStat program.
How to Run an Epic Datapalooza or Data Jam
Looking to host your own data jam or datapalooza? Socrata Director of Open Data, Ian Kalin provides in-depth instructions on everything from selecting data sets to who to invite.
“Set It and Forget It” Saves San Francisco Time
San Francisco moved to a Socrata open data portal with the goal of digitizing data requests, updates and tracking.
A Three-Year Problem Solved in Two Hours
Oregon sought a way to create an easy-to-update, online map of resources for boaters. Socrata delivered a rich solution.
King County Elections Takes Open Data Mobile
Behind the scenes of election night, King County, WA offered voters something they’d never had before: mobile-friendly info and results.
Web-Based Reports Save Paper, Time, and Money
Washington’s Salmon Recovery team saved hundreds of man-hours and thousands of pages by moving their reports to a web-based system.
Video Case Studies
Open Data as the Great Equalizer
How can a smaller city use its data as a strategic platform to innovate and solve real-world problems? The team from Somerville, Mass. (population 78,000) tells you how.
The City of Chicago’s Smarter City Transformation
The City of Chicago shares detailed insights into the success of their open data initiative. Presented by former-Chief Data Officer, Brett Goldstein, and Project Manager, Danielle DuMerer.
Innovative Use of Government Data Pays Dividends
Hear how the State of Oregon was able to empower over 20 state agencies with the ability to publish information and deploy services directly to constituents.
Use 311 Data to Make Better Decisions
Socrata Director of GovStat Beth Blauer hosts the 311 team from Kansas City, Missouri to discuss how Kansas City is uses 311 data to improve and streamline city services.
5 Tips for Getting Citizens Engaged with Your Data
Ian Kalin, Socrata Director of Open Data, interviews Tania Allard, Director of Health Data NY, to discuss how Allard’s team made a special effort to provide valuable data to citizens via their open data portal.
How to Comply with the Federal Open Data Policy
Learn what the Federal Open Data Policy entails and how federal agencies can comply with it in this presentation by Socrata Director of Open Data and former Presidential Innovation Fellow Ian Kalin.
Customer and Partner Support Portal
Already a member of the Socrata family? Have technical questions about your Socrata open data portal? Find detailed support documents and connect directly with our team.