Publica Open Data

Data holds the keys to social change. When data is inaccessible, information is hidden, insights are obscured, and effort is wasted. Socrata Publica helps governments utilize their data to engage the citizens they serve and achieve lasting social and economic change in their communities.

Why Open Data?

Data must be presented in a consumable format to influence and direct change. Socrata Publica transforms data from words and numbers into a meaningful and influential asset that motivates people to take action. Socrata Publica makes it easy to publish data to the web and have it be discoverable by all interested parties. Socrata provides multiple tools to ensure that your data is surfaced as often as possible to the right audiences at the right time.

Discoverability

Enable government and nongovernment users to find information from government data publishers. Socrata Publica makes it easy to publish data to the web and have it be discoverable by all interested parties. Socrata provides multiple tools to ensure that your data is surfaced as often as possible to the right audiences at the right time.

Context

Frame information within a narrative that explains how and why specific government activities have taken place. Socrata Visualizations provides a visualization engine that allows you to transform data from letters and numbers into understandable images that convey information quickly. With visualizations, anyone can more easily understand trends, gaps, and how to respond appropriately.

Sharing

Information can be easily shared through social media or embedded in other websites for broader reach. Maximizing the value of data means making it available to as many people as possible. Socrata provides several tools to empower data users to easily access and utilize the data in creative ways. Share any data asset on Socrata Publica with others directly through the built-in data catalog or on social media. Embed content within existing websites or build a customized, attractive open data homepage of your own. Give technical developers, innovators, and entrepreneurs easy access to the data through the Socrata Open Data API (SODA).

All Data Categories Welcome

Socrata believes that data in all categories has value. By embracing all types of data, Socrata supports any government that wants to equip their citizens with relevant and important information about their community.

Geospatial data

Whether it’s a map of local attractions or the locations of capital projects, Socrata supports geospatial data and makes it accessible to anyone who may find it useful, not just GIS experts

Financial and economic data

Tax revenues, real estate values, hotel booking rates are all types of data that give insight into the economic health of the government and the local economy

Public safety data

Safety data can extend to more than just the locations of recent crimes. It can also include data around use of force, traffic fatalities, and more

Other types of data

Socrata customers have published data across a multitude of topics, including education, the environment, health & human services, parks & recreation, transportation, justice, housing & development, permitting, etc.

Publica Customers

NYC Open Data

In New York City, a civic hacker used city’s open data portal to review parking ticket data to identify fire hydrants that were generating the most fines. The city corrected confusing roadway markings and saved residents $55,000 per year in parking fines.

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Chattanooga Open Data Portal

The City of Chattanooga engaged their developer community to make transit data accessible via a mobile app, with no RFP and $0 to implement.

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Dallas OpenData

Dallas Police Department saw open records requests for officer-involved shootings drop to zero after publishing the data to their open data portal.

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Chicago Data Portal

Chicago reduced FOIA request by 50% after launching their open data program.

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Open Data Cincinnati

The City of Cincinnati mitigated overtime expenditures in the Fire Department by building a daily staffing model to clearly identify drivers of overtime, like limited duty assignments. The estimated annual impact of this cost avoidance is $1.4 million.

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