2017 Media Kit

Socrata is the market leader in making existing government data discoverable, usable, and actionable for public servants and the people they serve. Socrata provides a software-as-aservice (SaaS) data platform and cloud applications exclusively for city, county, state, and federal government organizations. Socrata delivers unprecedented data-driven innovation and cost-savings for hundreds of public sector leaders and millions of their constituents around the world.

Government programs generate massive amounts of data, but most of it is locked away in hard-to-access data silos, including archaic databases. Socrata enables unprecedented data access by bringing together disparate systems and leveraging the cloud to dramatically enhance the effectiveness of government programs to improve quality of life for residents, positively impact local economies, and achieve excellence in government operations.

Socrata solutions are designed and developed to meet strict government standards. The technology is optimized on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector cloud and delivered using the exclusive Socrata Blueprint Methodology.


The State of Michigan trusts Socrata

The state of Michigan trusted Socrata to leverage data to improve their U.S. PIRG spending transparency rating from an 87 to a perfect score of 100. They didn’t stop there: Michigan measures performance in areas including infrastructure, energy, education, and health to “serve as a catalyst for positive change.”

Montgomery County, Maryland is a national leader in transparency and data-driven government

Montgomer County consistently lands top spots in Government Technology’s Digital Counties Survey and earning a Certificate of Excellence from ICMA Center for Performance Analytics four years in a row.

CountyStat will use real-time data to focus departments’ efforts, track their performance, and ensure that they provide a more effective and efficient response to our customers.” - County Executive Ike Leggett

Kansas City, Missouri takes a data-driven approach to improve city services

The mayor and city manager meet monthly to assess the progress of the five-year citywide business plan. KCStat enables the public to monitor progress and was nationally recognized for performance and innovation.

The City of Chicago is a prolific publisher of data

The city of Chicago publishes over 1,100 datasets ranging from movie filming locations, restaurant inspection findings, crime stats, and taxi ride insights. Chicago’s data is used by hundreds of thousands of people.

An open and transparent administration makes it easier for residents to hold their government accountable, but it also serves as a platform for innovative tools that improve the lives of all residents.” - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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New York City makes open data accessible for all New Yorkers. The City of Los Angeles shares its $8 billion checkbook with taxpayers. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Open Payments continues to attract attention after being featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. NASA is leveraging data that’s truly out of this world.


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Digital Assets

Kevin Merritt

Founder and CEO

Kevin founded Socrata because he recognized that the massive amounts of data in the world could be put to use in people’s everyday lives to make them better. Kevin had previous successes as an entrepreneur. In 2002 Kevin founded MessageRite, which developed and provided a web-based email archiving service. In 2004, FrontBridge Technologies acquired MessageRite where Kevin functioned as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In 2005, Microsoft acquired FrontBridge. At Microsoft, Kevin served as Software Architect and Director of Operations before leaving to found Socrata in 2007. At heart, Kevin is a software entrepreneur with a passion for making customers elated by delivering great software as a service.

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Saf Rabah

Chief Product Officer

Are you curious about all of the ways that open data can make the world a better place? Talk to Saf. An enthusiastic proponent of Socrata’s visionary customers, Safouen (Saf) has 17 years of technology product management and marketing experience in the enterprise software, internet services and communications industries. He served most recently as Marketing Director at Canadian telecommunications company, TELUS, leading the successful market introduction of cloud-based customer experience solutions that achieved 300 percent revenue growth over two years. Prior to working at TELUS, Saf was Director of eBusiness at customer relationship management software company Pivotal, which reached $65 million in revenue in five years and was acquired by CDC Software in 2003. Saf holds an executive MBA from Simon Fraser University.

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Company Timeline

  • 2016

    Socrata partners with Motorola Solutions to enhance CrimeReports.com, supports the White House’s Police Data Initiative, and launches Socrata for Public Safety.

  • 2015

    Socrata partners with Yelp to distribute restaurant inspection information to improve public health conditions and launches the Socrata Foundation to create opportunities for underserved communities.

  • 2014

    Socrata launches the Open Data Network to unleash the potential of government data around the world, grows its team to over 140 employees, and increases its customer count by 119 percent.

  • 2013

    Socrata sponsors the National Civic Day of Hacking, an event made up of nearly 90 local, community events that create web and mobile applications from government data.

  • 2011

    Data.oregon.gov, powered by Socrata, wins Best Open Government award at the annual conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

  • 2010

    Socrata launches inaugural Open Government Data Benchmark Study to measure the national movement’s changing attitudes and expectations toward open data, within government and among its data-consuming constituents.

    Socrata launches Socrata Open Data API (SODA). Code for America’s Chief Technology Officer calls it “another awesome tool set to the Gov 2.0 initiative.”

  • 2007

    CEO Kevin Merritt founds Socrata in Seattle, Washington.