Introducing the Open Data Network™
Connecting Communities to Change the World
What Is It?
The Open Data Network brings together a vast ecosystem of participants, including government data publishers, businesses that use open data, developers who build data services, and citizens who benefit from data services. The Open Data Network™ takes an industry-specific approach to streamline access and syndicate open data. Socrata, its customers, and its partners will pioneer the network effects of open data.
Open data is rapidly evolving. Before, it consisted of digital catalogs that displayed and visualized raw data. It now includes an ecosystem of apps and services aimed at engaging citizens, improving lives, and helping people make smarter decisions. The Open Data Network is the next phase of this continuum, making it easier than ever to create connected communities through supported data standards.
Benefits of Participation
Joining the Open Data Network offers three dimensions of benefit. Standardized data distribution helps improve the public sector’s access to its own data, enhancing operational efficiency and data-driven decision-making. It provides developers with valuable resources to engage in new business opportunities and stimulate job creation. It also drives critical data into the daily lives and activities of citizens.
About the Network
Governments & Partners
The Open Data Network brings together a host of government customers and industry partners, each group participating in its own way. Initial customers included the cities of San Francisco, Dallas, and Kansas City (MO). Inaugural partners included Zillow®, SiteCompli, Civic Insight, Appallicious, BasicGov, Ontodia, DRiVEdecisions, and Buildingeye. Ultimately, the Open Data Network will encompass other industries and include participation from other governments, companies, developers, and citizens.
A growing number of entrepreneurs create businesses and products based on government data. Some repurpose it into web and mobile apps that make the data more useful and accessible for everyday citizens. Others integrate data into their daily operations, like material suppliers who use building permit apps to identify new customers. The Open Data Network nurtures this growing ecosystem by engaging with developers and optimizing data for their use.
Data as a Service
Now more than ever, consumers want to make informed decisions. To do this, they increasingly turn to data apps and platforms. The Open Data Network will address over thirty key data areas to improve these tools, starting with housing and expanding into other industries over time. People often research property history when looking for a home. Through the Open Data Network, housing-related government data easily feeds into the services people use, helping them to make informed decisions.
An average person can use hundreds of web services every day. Incorporating data from a variety of sources makes platforms like Yelp, ESRI, and others even more valuable and helps them to improve their services. Offering high-value data in useful formats enables that data to achieve its full potential. That’s why the Open Data Network invests in connectors—to bring together some of the world’s leading data platforms and provide added value to billions of users worldwide.