13 Socrata Clients Win Digital Counties Survey
We’re thrilled to see so many Socrata clients getting a nod in the 15th Annual Digital Counties Survey. The awards, which are a joint effort between the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo), acknowledge counties of all sizes across the United States that use technology to better deliver services and information to their residents.
Leveraging technology and data to improve life for residents is a top priority for Socrata clients, who free information from spreadsheets, print-outs, and PDFs to share it online, and actively use data in the decision-making process and to track how initiatives and departments are performing.
The use of cloud-hosted, API-enabled data by Socrata’s network of users includes everything from natural disaster recovery to easing access to housing and food support. During the California wildfires, technology helped Sonoma County share housing options for residents who were forced to evacuate. (Sonoma County was a first place winner in the 500,000 to 999,999 population category.) Year-round, San Mateo County’s open data portal helps connect residents to food-related benefits and public safety initiatives, as well increasing government transparency, notes Government Technology.
Here are three more Socrata clients who were 2018 winners of the Annual Digital Counties Surveys — these counties were able to use data in creative, intelligent ways to highlight issues and solve problems for their residents.
Montgomery County – 1st Place Winner (1 million or more residents)
This is not the first time Montgomery County, Maryland, has been a first place winner in the Digital County Survey — it earned a top spot in 2010 and 2013 as well. With an open performance program that dates back to 2007, and an open data portal that launched in 2012, the county has a long-standing commitment to taking advantage of data. This year, notes Government Technology, Montgomery County “added a Chief Data Officer to manage the expanded open government, open data, open budget, open spending and performance management portals.” If you want data, Montgomery County’s got it — and readily available, too. The county published 47 new datasets this year (bringing the total available to the public up to 150).
Los Angeles County
“Los Angeles County serves its 10 million residents with coordinated approaches that share data and technology,” notes Government Technology. Since the county’s data portal launch, in 2015, when it shared parcel information publicly that previously had to be requested and purchased, the county has been intent on sharing genuinely actionable data.
This year, Los Angeles County prioritized breaking down silos, helping to develop a state law that will make it easy for share data on homelessness and healthcare services across departments and with a wide group of stakeholders.
This Colorado county caters to its tech-savvy residents. The vast majority of them — 90 percent — have high speed internet, notes Government Technology. In a pilot program, Douglas County used a SODA API (Socrata Open Data API) to grab information on community events stored on the county’s open data portal, and use it to answer residents questions to their Alexa speakers. Now, residents can say, “Alexa, what’s happening this weekend?” and hear relevant results.
Read more about Douglas County’s Alexa pilot program.
Other winners using Socrata technology include:
- Erie County, Pennsylvania
- Gloucester County, Virginia
- Alameda County, California
- San Bernardino County, California
- Miami-Dade County, Florida
- San Diego County, California
- King County, Washington
- Cook County, Illinois
Watch San Mateo County's John Ridener, Open Data Community Liaison, discuss how data sharing empowers the county's residents.