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Making Financial Data Accessible to Everyone

Where do tax dollars really go? It's a question asked by citizens and other constituents who want results from their state and local governments. In this special edition brief by Governing, we hear from Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin and Socrata Product Manager, Kyle Hall on just how cloud software helps government improve data clarity, insight and transparency.

The State of the Union of Open Data, 2016

In September 2016, over 1,000 government, nonprofit, and industry leaders gathered to share their commitment to more open government data. Over 40 leaders contributed to this report, which details the unprecedented bipartisan data movement.

Community Policing and the Role of Data

Many police departments recognize the need to not just acknowledge their recent increase in exposure, but also get ahead of it. They’re actually leading efforts to create greater transparency into their work as a way to build stronger communities.

Opening the Books: Three Challenges that Governments are Solving with Open Financial Data

See how organizations can engage citizens in the budget process, improve governance and internal controls, and streamline public records processes for citizens and the media.

2016 Open Data Benchmark Report

The survey, sponsored by Socrata and conducted by EMC Research, was designed to better understand the current attitudes and opinions on the open data environment among publishers and users of open data.

Data and Narrative: Foundations for Government Storytelling

Publicly available data can answer 85% of residents’ questions, but research shows that almost half of the questions require additional commentary to fully communicate answers.

How to Comply with Federal Open Data Policy

U.S. Federal agencies face a number of new requirements to make data “open and machine-readable by default.” Learn what that means and how Socrata can help you acheive compliance.

8 Government Processes Open Data Replaced

Review our list of eight government processes that innovative governments have replace with open data. See just how open data can save you time and money.

The Cloud: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Cloud computing is the next stage in the Internet’s evolution. Discover how government organizations are relying on cloud computing to reduce costs and improve service levels.

The Interaction Between Open Data and Constituent Services

Constituents are demanding access to more information and data from governments big and small. See how six governments are providing greater access at significantly lower costs.

Open Data Promotion Guide: 50 Ways to Promote Your Open Data

You’ve worked hard to create your open data program. Now, make sure that your government employees and constituents understand the value of your program.

Open Performance Guide

The Open Performance Guide curates the best advice from cities, counties, and states on running a successful measurement program. Get advice directly from government open performance practitioners in Seattle, New Orleans, and Baltimore.

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