Open Data Headlines @Socrata | May 2013
Socrata shares customer success stories and news from around the world.
Join us for our next Socrata Hangout on May 22. This time we’re talking to the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office in Washington State about how they took a 150-page paper report – that cost around $50,000 to publish – and turned it into a reusable Web site with interactive open data charts and more.
Overwhelmed by the thought of starting an open data program? We’ve gathered up top-tier advice, based upon working with successful teams in Chicago, New York, San Francisco or other cities, and boiled it all down into six key steps.
You’re invited! Socrata’s open data community is growing and we’d like you to meet your peers. We’ve created a LinkedIn community where you can post questions, share best practices, and get inside information from our team here at Socrata.
Socrata Releases Open Source “Open Data Server, Community Edition”
You can now access the open source “Socrata Open Data Server, Community Edition.” This is the core piece of our technology that powers our SaaS platform and an equally important part of our strategy to promote worldwide adoption of open data standards.
How to Run a Hackathon
Hackathons are a great way to unite your open data community. And, they require some smart planning and promotion. We asked our most savvy hackathon veteran, Developer Evangelist Chris Metcalf, to put his best advice in one place.
“Set It and Forget It” San Francisco Saves Time
What better way to save time than to automate a manual process…and use open data? Thanks to Socrata’s open data portal and Safe Software’s FME, the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) has made hundreds of manual tasks happen automatically.
Socrata Appoints François Stieger to Advisory Board
François Stieger, a distinguished entrepreneurial leader in the global software and information & communications markets, has formally joined our Advisory Board. He looks forward to helping bring Socrata’s open data technology to more countries around the world.
Halifax Open Data Portal Goes Live
If you head east of Maine you’ll find a new stronghold of open data, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Starting with 17 data sets, Halifax plans to host an app competition from July to November.
Tech Hub Redmond Launches Open Data Portal
Already a host to many hi-tech companies, Redmond, Washington now boasts another digital innovation, an open data portal. The City is busy embedding maps, fed by the portal, onto their website.
Apply to Code-a-palooza at Health Datapalooza IV
Calling all data scientists, clinicians, and developers: The Health Data Consortium is hosting a live code-a-thon during Health Datapalooza IV. Ten teams will be selected. Applications close May 15th, 2013.
North Carolina Data Jam
Inspired by a Data Jam he attended at the White House, Raleigh Open Data Program Manager Jason Hare and the team at the HUB in Raleigh organized North Carolina’s first-ever Data Jam to take place on April 22nd.
Alameda County’s Second Hackathon Heads to Berkeley
Alameda County successfully hosted its second-ever hackathon on April 27th at Berkeley High School, near the University of Berkeley campus. How did it go? They had an even bigger turn out that their first hackathon and more great apps ideas.