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Mayor Lee Unveils Socrata-Powered San Francisco Open Data Cloud

Adoption of the Cloud and Open APIs for City's Open Data Supports Mayor's Commitment to Innovation (March 14, 2012)

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- (Marketwire) -- 03/14/12 -- Mayor Edwin M. Lee unveiled, the next-generation, cloud-based San Francisco Open Data site, and the successor to one of the nation's pioneering Open Data initiatives,

The adoption of Socrata's cloud services, social citizen interfaces, and open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to power San Francisco's new Open Data site, underscores the Mayor's commitment to providing state of the art cloud infrastructure to drive more innovation in citizen access to information, community engagement and government efficiency.

"Making City data more accessible to the public secures San Francisco's future as the world's first 2.0 City," said Mayor Lee. "It's only natural that we move our Open Data platform to the cloud and adopt modern open interfaces to facilitate the flow of information and develop better tools to enhance City services."

Today's upgrade dramatically expands access to information, while simultaneously enhancing cost efficiencies and speed of execution. The new Socrata-powered San Francisco Open Data Cloud offers a wide variety of feature, architecture, and performance enhancements, including:

-- Simple, easy-to-use, citizen interfaces that allow non-technical users to interactively explore data, visualize it, and share contextually- relevant information with others, on the site, across the web, and on social networks. -- Automatic full-text indexing of every data set's content to facilitate online search, in addition to the ability to download the data in multiple, open, machine-readable formats. -- Automatic API access to every data set, via the Socrata Open Data API (SODA) and access to technical support and online developer resources, which will lower the access barrier for civic developers. -- A powerful publishing platform for city employees to rapidly transform data into interactive online resources that can be reused elsewhere on and deployed as open cloud services.

Jay Nath, San Francisco's Chief Innovation Officer adds, "Two years ago, when we launched, Open Data was a visionary experiment in reinventing the government of the future. Today, with increasing worldwide adoption, we view Open Data as part of our new cloud infrastructure to deliver citizen, social, and programmatic interfaces to government services, in a much more cost-effective and agile model."

The new site contains 175 datasets including the new geocoded case data from San Francisco 311 since 2008, Map-based Crime Data, Active Business Listings as well as several updated administrative and financial datasets.

To learn more about Mayor Lee's Innovation Portfolio, go to:

About Socrata

Socrata is the leading developer and provider of Open Data cloud services, a category of Web 2.0 solutions that enable public sector organizations to dramatically improve citizen access to information and online services, while reducing costs.

The Socrata Open Data Cloud(TM) optimizes the management and speeds up the dissemination of data-driven interactive content to citizen, professional and internal government audiences, through multiple interfaces: Web, social, mobile, API, apps, voice, SMS. Information assets include tabular data, geospatial data, unstructured content and real-time data from government transactional systems of record.

Socrata customers include cities such as Seattle, Edmonton, Chicago and New York City; states such as Oregon, Illinois and Oklahoma, and federal agencies such as Medicare, SAMHSA and GSA ( Socrata is a private company, based in Seattle, Washington, with venture financing from Frazier Technology Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures. To learn more about Socrata, visit

Socrata, Inc.
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VP, Marketing
206.340.8008 ext 151
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