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Socrata Hits OpenData OpenStandards and OpenSource Horizon


Written by  Raja Rao | 20 November 2012
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Socrata OpenCloudSocrata, provider of cloud-based open data systems released the “Socrata Open Data Server, Community Edition” to be offered as an open source reference implementation for open data standards. This is designed to promote data portability throughout the open data ecosystem and support open source software policies in public organizations around the globe.

 

Socrata is a category of cloud-based Web 2.0 solutions that enable federal, state, and local governments to dramatically improve the reach, usability and social utility of their public information assets. An organization trying to establish standards for data portability and vendor interoperability. A key goal of the Socrata open source strategy is to enable customers to rapidly accelerate the process of breaking data out of traditional enterprise database “silos,” moving it to the cloud and opening it for mass consumption to end users and developers.

The focus of the Community edition will be mainly the areas of Data portability and to bring Vendor interoperability. It strives to enable universal federation of different open data catalogs using a standard catalog schema, based on the W3C Data Catalog Vocabulary. The objective is to evolve towards standard schemas that developers can use for popular data sets by standardize outputs including JSON, XML, and CSV, as well as RDF and other Linked Data standards. Data portability can also be achieved by standardizing APIs that use established protocols to programmatically access open data.

The “Socrata Open Data Server, Community Edition” will be released in the first quarter of 2013, as free to download open source software and fully integrated with other components of the company’s commercial software products. Socrata’s mission is to help government organizations everywhere reap massive economic benefits from data liberation by promoting unfettered access, shareable, consumable and reuse of public data.

“Socrata is investing in an open source product because it will help us accelerate mainstream adoption of the open data cloud model as the de-facto enterprise data architecture. We envision a future where the 99 percent of data still locked up in legacy proprietary systems will be open and accessible to the masses,” says Kevin Merritt, Socrata’s Founder and CEO. “As the volume, variety and velocity of open data grow, the scalability, cost-savings, and end-to-end simplicity of our cloud-based platform become even more compelling to our customers.”

Raja Rao

Raja Rao

RajaRao is our Cloud Journalist writing for ToolsJournal on Cloud Tools, Latest updates, Cloud Quick Lists and more. He has done his Bachelors of Engineering in Civil and has been in IT for over 15 years with good expertise on CRM, Peoplesoft, SAP, Microsoft and .Net technologies. Raja comes with fantastic blend of Technical, Solutions and Delivery expertise. Loving the concept of ToolsJournal he has joined us full time and has been tremendous help to take this portal forward. 

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