10 Great Government Data Wins from 2017

December 27, 2017 11:03 am PST | Data as a Service

As 2017 winds to a close, let’s take a look back at some great achievements and innovative moves by Socrata customers, making access to and understanding of government data better for both citizens and staff alike.

1. Ask Alexa: How Does Douglas County Promote Community Engagement?

In today’s world, we’ve come to expect information and action at our fingertips. Did you run out of detergent? Push a button and Amazon will deliver more within two business days. Can’t remember the first rule of Fight Club? Alexa is there to remind you…Read more

2. USC Empowers SoCal Community with Quality of Life Data

Which datasets relate most strongly to quality of life and what happens when residents are given block-by-block access to them in one place? The University of Southern California (USC) has created a platform to explore that question…Read more

3. How Cambridge Created a Civic Innovation Challenge Inventory

When the city of Cambridge wanted to answer the question, “What is the best way to engage residents in open data?” they brought in help from one of the top universities in the world, Harvard. And, they ended up with a very useful result…Read more

4. 3 Innovative Apps Created with Dutch Transit Authority Data

In the Netherlands, the Dutch Transit Authority (RDW) is the highest volume user of the Socrata platform worldwide. “Our philosophy is give back to the customers what belongs to them,” says Gert Jan Holland, Manager of RDW Registration & Information, about RDW’s release of 200 datasets on automobiles in the Netherlands. RDW’s goal is to collect and disseminate data around motor vehicles and the motor vehicle industry for the greater good. To that end, their portal hosts an ever-changing, frequently updated list of the ~13.5 million cars registered in the Netherlands, along with parking information, a list of cars approved for sale in the country, and much more…Read more

5.17,000 Hours of Hospital Staff Time Saved Per Year with Credentials Dataset

Last year, Washington State published a single dataset — healthcare provider credential data — that gave hospitals and other health organizations throughout the state the ability to perform a vital task more efficiently. The dataset is API-enabled and can be downloaded, sorted, and filtered. Sharing provider data in this open format allows major hospitals and health-focused organizations in Washington State to save as much as 17,000 hours of staff time each year, or the equivalent of eight full-time employees…Read more

6. Capital Project Details on Display in Alpharetta, Georgia

Alpharetta, Georgia is in the middle of constructing a new arts center, repairing a swimming pool, and planning an extended greenway for biking. How much money are they spending? What’s the timeline for each project? Their Capital Projects Explorer site has details on all of that information and much more…Read more

7. Topeka’s New, Nimble Newsletter Sparks Engagement

When the city of Topeka decided that its weekly report From the City Interim Manager’s Desk needed a digital upgrade, it transformed the report from a PDF to an engaging, interactive, multimedia webpage…Read more

8. Chattanooga Launches “City Insider” App

Recently, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, launched City Insider, a map-based web application that provides easily accessible neighborhood data to the public. The new resource is designed to empower residents with information to get more involved in their communities…Read more

9. Massachusetts Relaunches CTHRU Open Data Platform

This week, the commonwealth of Massachusetts announced the relaunch of its CTHRU financial transparency site. With firm dedication to financial transparency and community engagement, the “Bay State” has added new information, offering even more data on how taxpayer dollars are being spent…Read more

10. How to Host a Successful Hackathon in 4 Steps: The Pennsylvania Story

In today’s information-crazed world, most organizations have more data than they know what to do with. The smartest civic leaders understand the key to innovation lies in knowing how to use that data to unlock potential, bring new technologies to life, and foster civic engagement and collaboration. Julie Snyder, Director of Data and Digital Technology for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is just such a leader. In 2016, Snyder and her team began planning Code4PA, a state hackathon bringing together government, academia, businesses, and citizens alike. It was the first hackathon of its kind for the state of Pennsylvania and wildly successful. Read on to learn the keys to their success…Read more

Let’s Do More in 2018

Looking ahead to the year to come, more government leaders will be taking cloud technologies, ample data, and their creativity to design even more useful and helpful tools for staff and citizens. We look forward to supporting them and wish you all a happy New Year.



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