Mea Culpa: Socrata Open Spending Becomes Socrata Open Expenditures
On April 2nd, 2014, Socrata launched our new suite of financial transparency apps. One of those apps is designed to help citizens better understand government expenditures. We named that app Socrata Open Spending because we believed that name best reflected the purpose and benefit of the app. While unintended, our naming choice of this app has created confusion for some in the open data community, due to the similar naming of Open Knowledge Foundation’s project, OpenSpending.org. On behalf of Socrata, I apologize for creating that confusion.
Since our launch of this app, we have received some feedback from the open data community questioning why we chose a name with an obvious collision with OpenSpending.org. Legitimate concerns were raised that it would create confusion. Upon reflection, this concern is justified and we agree that changing the name of our new app makes the most sense. As such, Socrata has changed the name of this app to Socrata Open Expenditures™. We are working to make this change across our website, blog, and other public-facing materials.
We are proud to participate in the open data community. We look forward to continuing to work with this community on important open data initiatives, helping create a better world together. Feedback welcome.
Founder and CEO Socrata