Tool Guideline Catalogue of Tools

Socrata Open Data Field Guide

Uploaded by RRI Tools on 01 November 2015

Socrata is an American start-up cloud software company whose goal is to increase government transparency and citizen engagement with government data as a means to improving the world and helping society in the development of an economic engine via the usage and flow of open data.

Socrata’s free Open Data Field Guide is a comprehensive manual that supports the development and implementation of open data programs adapted to the necessities of policymakers and citizens. The guide provides basic information on the practical application of open data—from motivation to implementation.

Apart from the guide, Socrata provides valuable resources to ensure users' success in implementing open data that improves transparency, citizen service, and data-driven decision-making. It also provides a marketplace of public-submitted apps for dealing with open data.

Online, PDF, DB
National, International, Local, Regional, Global
Transparency, Openness, Reflection

All content in the Socrata Open Data Field Guide is free-of-charge, including videos and links suitable for those new to the open data universe.

The guide includes the following eight chapters:

  1. Why does my organization need open data?
  2. Define clear and measurable goals
  3. Assemble a winning team
  4. Develop your open data policy
  5. The data plan
  6. Open data implementation in six steps
  7. Engage your community
  8. An outstanding citizen experience.

Chapter 6 explains the different phases of implementing an open data plan and the tangible benefits of each phase. Some phases can be completed in a few days, while others may take longer, depending on the organisation. They can also be combined or rearranged as needed. Users can join the Open Data Community for resources and support.

Beginner, Practitioner

Related Resources