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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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.

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Top 10 Open Datasets

Designing your open data strategy? Socrata searched through the many open data portals it hosts to find not only the most common, but the most popular, datasets. Download the list now.

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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. 

Download: The Benchmark Study


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.

Download: Social Discovery Whitepaper

GovStat Program How-To Guide

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 with this guide by Beth Blauer, former Director of Maryland's StateStat program.

Download: GovStat How-To Guide

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.

Download: Datapalooza How-To Guide

Case Studies

Lombardia: Using Open Data to Drive Performance, Accountability, and to Change Lives

In order to encourage citizens to interact with data, Lombardia chose to adopt Socrata’s open data portal in 2013. Once the capacity for p...
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ACT Goes from Spreadsheets to Interactive Maps in Minutes

In November 2011, Katy Gallagher, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), proclaimed that open data would be an important ...
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Seattle Embraces Open Data, Focuses on Innovation

In 2010, the City of Seattle adopted the Socrata Open Data Platform to support its goal for improving access to public data. The city soon l...
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The Health Data Revolution Has Begun

Leading government health organizations across America are sharing valuable health data that fuels business innovation, accelerates research...
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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.

Video Case Study: City of Somerville, MA

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.

Video Case Study: City of Chicago

Opening Government Data Pays Dividends

Hear how the State of Oregon empowered over 20 state agencies with open data, granting them the ability to publish information and deploy services directly to constituents.

Video Case Study: State of Oregon


Data in Action: How to Measure Performance

Data in Action: How to Measure Performance

 Learn how to serve citizens and measure performance with data in this webinar with host Beth Blauer and a panel of performance specialists from leading government agencies.

Watch "How to Measure Performance"

Open Data CX: Creating a Great Citizen Experience

Open Data CX: Creating a Great Citizen Experience

Explore how to create a great citizen experience with open data in this webinar with Gail Roper, CIO of Raleigh, NC hosted by Ian Kalin, Socrata Director of Open Data.

Watch "Engage Citizens with Your Data"

How to Comply with the Federal Open Data Policy

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.

Watch "Comply with the Federal Policy"

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Learn and get inspired with stories, advice, and ideas in our quarterly magazine on open data.

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Get the latest news, opinions, and advice on open data from some of the field's leading innovators.

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