Open Data Resources
Socrata seeks to provide valuable resources that will inspire and help you ensure the success of your open data initiative.
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.
Top Open Data Datasets
Socrata users voted and the results are in. We present the leading open data datasets in top categories exposed by cities, counties, and states. Explore the datasets for yourself.
Open Data Benchmark
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.
8 Government Processes Open Data Replaced
Review our list of eight government processes that innovative governments have replace with open data. See just how open data can save you time and money.
5 Things You Need to Know About Financial Transparency
The next phase of open data is all about financial transparency. Learn five reasons why making financial information open and available online should be your next open data goal.
The Interaction Between Open Data and Constituent Services
Constituents are demanding access to more information and data from governments big and small. See how six governments are providing greater access at significantly lower costs.
The Socrata Open Data Value Framework
In our value framework, Socrata highlights the four pillars of open data's value. Explore how innovative governments apply and leverage open data to cut costs and increase efficiency.
Optimize Your Citizen Experience to Save Money
An easily consumable data platform not only creates a great citizen experience, it drives cost savings. Learn how to provide better service and save money doing it.
How to Establish an Effective Open Performance Program
Learn how to build a team, set goals, address common challenges, and maximize the outcomes of your efforts with this guide by Beth Blauer, former Director of Maryland's StateStat.
How to Comply with Federal Open Data Policy
U.S. Federal agencies face a number of new requirements to make data "open and machine-readable by default." Learn what that means and how Socrata can help you acheive compliance.
How to Run a 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 datasets to who to invite.
How to Run a Hackathon
Hackathons are among the most effective ways to get developers engaged with your government data. Learn how to manage one from selecting a venue to post-event engagement.
- Growing Chicago's Open Data Economy
- How Open Data Is Revolutionizing Health Care
- Alameda County: The Gold Standard in Community Collaboration
- 6 Government Processes Replaced by Open Data
- Knowledge for Everyone: The Open Data Institute
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