Open Data, Public Safety

Open Data — Bringing Police and Community Together

By Kevin Merritt, October 14th, 2015

Citizens generally seem to view their police departments in one of three ways today: “I don’t trust the police; the police has it out for people like me” “I’m indifferent; The police is largely irrelevant unless I’m involved in some kind of situation or emergency that requires help from them” “I trust the police; the

Open Data

Governments Around the World Join Data-as-a-Utility Revolution

By Kevin Merritt, June 22nd, 2015

This blog post originally appeared on Governments around the world are finally leaving the 20th-century analog world and entering the digital age of the 21st century, which has been shaped, driven, and disrupted by innovative and consumer-friendly companies like Apple, Amazon, Twitter, Google, Facebook, Uber, and airbnb. The public sector has no choice; it

Open Government (Gov2.0)

Why Steve Jobs’ Influence Is Reverberating Through Government

By Kevin Merritt, June 8th, 2015

This blog post originally appeared on Quartz. One of the newest, hottest, and most visible career paths right now is the westward exodus of talented investment bankers from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. But, if you look closely, this vaunted professional migration has been offset in recent months by an equally powerful influx of cutting-edge

Open Data, Open Government (Gov2.0)

A Steady Erosion of Confidence In Government

By Kevin Merritt, June 1st, 2015

This blog was originally posted on TechCrunch. Governments around the world are facing significant political turmoil and enormous economic stress as they struggle with an alarming and unprecedented array of public policy crises. And whether it’s water scarcity in Brazil, the rural electricity shortfall in India, the financial meltdown in Russia, or income inequality in the U.S., public

Entrepreneurship, Open Government (Gov2.0)

21 Open Data Innovations from 2012

By Kevin Merritt, December 28th, 2012

It’s nearly the New Year and before 2012 ends, I want to recognize some of Socrata’s customers and how they helped grow the open data movement around the world. 1. Always a leader in the open data innovation, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel signed an executive order mandating that every city agency share all public data on its

Open Government (Gov2.0)

Reinventing Government with Open Data Is No Joke

By Kevin Merritt, May 3rd, 2012

This (long) post is in response to the blog post by Tom Slee, titled “Why the Open Data Movement is a Joke.” Every once in a while, an article that dismisses Open Data as irrelevant, a joke, or a pipe dream catches our imagination and compels us to chime in, even though thoughtful people we

Open Government (Gov2.0)

The State of Technology & Innovation in State Government

By Kevin Merritt, October 12th, 2011

Last week I attended the 2011 Annual NASCIO Conference in Denver, CO. Many readers of this blog already know that NASCIO is the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. It’s an incredibly tight knit group of all of the nation’s state-level CIOs as well as the CIOs of DC, Guam and Puerto Rico. They

Open Government (Gov2.0)

Analysis Clearly Demonstrates that Open Data as a Program is Working for Socrata Customers

By Kevin Merritt, June 24th, 2011

For nearly two years, participants in the Open Data movement, have worked tirelessly to make unfettered access to public data, at all levels of government, a sustainable and irreversible reality. Open Data sites are springing up all around the world, while those who put Open Data on the map like, Medicare, NOAA, San Francisco,

Open Government (Gov2.0)

Open Data as a Platform

By Kevin Merritt, May 21st, 2011

Public disclosure of government data isn’t merely about transparency and accountability. By adopting Open Data as a Platform, agencies can more quickly and cost-effectively deliver services that support their own programs and missions, while also making it much easier to publish data for citizens and civic-minded developers.

Open Government (Gov2.0)

Why Do We Need an Open Data Benchmark Study?

By Kevin Merritt, July 15th, 2010

Yesterday we announced that on July 21st, we will launch a broad market study to benchmark the state of Open Data in government. We believe this will be the very first time that government stakeholders, mainstream citizens and civic application developers will all be invited to share their perspectives on this nascent movement. Why are

Events & Competitions, Open Government (Gov2.0)

NYC Open Data Hearing

By Kevin Merritt, June 20th, 2010

Led by New York City Council Member Gale A. Brewer, on Monday June 21, 2010 the New York City Council Committee on Technology will hold a hearing on Open Data standards for all NYC agencies. The specifics of the hearing are as follows: The New York City Council Committee on Technology will hold an important hearing

Open Government (Gov2.0)

Open Data – It’s More Than Publishing a CSV

By Kevin Merritt, June 7th, 2010

Today, the status quo for governments sharing public data is via the CSV. It’s the de facto standard by which most government organizations publish their data for consumption. The CSV is no longer an acceptable format for data publishing. It’s time to raise the bar on how government open data sites like and