Open Data Resources

Socrata seeks to provide valuable resources that will inspire and help you ensure the success of your open data initiative.

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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.

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Top City, County, and State Open Datasets

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.

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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. 

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8 Government Processes Open Data Replaced

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.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Financial Transparency

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.

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The Interaction Between Open Data and Constituent Services

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.

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The Socrata Open Data Value Framework

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.

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The Socrata Open Data Value Framework

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.

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How-To Guides

How to Run an Effective Open Performance (GovStat) Program

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Open Innovation

Spring 2014

  • 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

Winter 2014

  • Codelescence: Socrata Engineering Comes of Age
  • Data-Driven Government In Action
  • Socrata 2013 Highlights
  • Designing the Future: Code for America Makes an Impact

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Case Studies

Gavà, Spain: Thriving and Efficient Accountability

In 2011, the mayor of Gavà, Joaquin Balsera, hired City Manager Eduard Gil Carbo with the expectation that he would address three main prio...
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HartfordData: Paving the Way to Open Data Thought Leadership in the North East

As more and more governments of all sizes enact open data initiatives, transparency advocates spend less time explaining the concept of open...
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Managing the Shift Towards Transparency: CIC Experiences Open Data in Mexico

When Mexico announced its National Digital Strategy, the Citizen Integration Center (CIC) — a non-profit organization in Monterrey, Nu...
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Eindhoven Chooses Socrata to Spark Citizen Engagement

The City of Eindhoven in the Netherlands boasts a long history of tech-savvy, educated, and hard working citizens. The birthplace of electro...
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