21 Open Data Innovations from 2012

December 28, 2012 12:03 pm PST | Data as a Service, Effective Governing
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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 data platform, moving closer to his vision of an engaged and informed citizenry. 

2. The World Bank put financial data for more than 200 countries onto individual pages, pulling data from seven different sources to one attractive and user-friendly interface. Take a look at EcuadorSweden and Serbia‘s pages.

3. King County Elections pushed elections data out to citizens on a mobile app for the first time ever, serving over 200,000 voters on its Nov. 6 election night.

4. Hackathons popped up all over the country, using open data to create useful mobile apps for citizens. We attended or sponsored events hosted by Alameda CountyIowa, Omaha, and Honolulu, as well as participating in Code for Oakland and the Evergreen Apps challenge, which combed data from the state of Washington, city of Seattle and King County.

5. Four major U.S. cities – Chicago, Seattle, New York and San Francisco (all Socrata customers) – combined their open data resources on to cities.data.gov. This was a major step forward in creating a single, national open data resource.

6. Kenya continued to lead the charge in Africa for greater government transparency, adding more datasets to its portal.

7. The Lombardia region of Italy launched an open data portal and made public data, like museum, ski school and library locations, easy for citizens to search and view.

8. Want to know more about the Bronx? Lehman College came up with new ways to create engagement in the Bronx community through sharing data.

9. Mayor Mitchell Landrieu of the city of New Orleans kept citizens informed about his administration’s progress cleaning up blighted properties after Hurricane Katrina using the city’s open data portal.

10. New York City mandated that all public agencies must publish public data on the city’s online open data portal.

11. Edmonton, Alberta introduced its Citizen Dashboard, making government performance data, such as on-time bus arrivals and number of potholes filled, more easily available to citizens.

12. Cook County, the city of Chicago, and the state of Illinois teamed up to create their innovative MetroChicagoData.org site, where they combine their data resources.

13. The Obama administration made good on its promise of transparency by making campaign finance information and other data about public officials available on Ethics.gov.

14. Smaller cities and towns adopted open data, like Somerville, Mass.,  Wellington, Florida, and Weatherford, Texas.

15. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) responded to public feedback by creating its Consumer Credit Card Complaint database.

16. The City of Boston – number one on Fast Company’s  list of “The 10 Smartest North American Cities” – created an open data portal for its citizens.

17. With leadership from state Secretary of Technology Kristin Russell, and state CIO Sherri Hammons, the State of Colorado worked to redefine the way government services are delivered across all state agencies.

18. The nearly 120-year old National Fire Protection Association became the first non-governmental agency to move their data to Socrata’s platform. Check out their very popular “Sparky’s Wish List” dataset.

19. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched its Health Systems Measurement Project (HSMP), loaded with fascinating stats about American’s health practices, insurance coverage, and more.

20. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) launched an open data portal and made good on its pledge to increase transparency.

21.  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ensured that visitors to data.undp.org can access financial expenditures for the many projects that it is conducting around the world. 

The list is a long one and could go on even further. Many forward-thinking people contributed to all of these achievements. I want to congratulate every one of you and thank you for your efforts to bring open data to citizens around the world.

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Happy New Year from Socrata! We look forward to more innovation in 2013.


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