WASHINGTON, DC and SEATTLE — Seattle-based software developer Socrata announced today that it is joining the Data Transparency Coalition. Socrata’s membership will provide critical support to the Coalition’s goals to standardize and publish the U.S. government’s data.
“The Data Transparency Coalition is proud to welcome the support of Socrata,” said Hudson Hollister, the Coalition’s Executive Director. “Socrata’s tenacious pursuit of data-driven solutions that democratize access to government information and enhance public sector management is already manifesting our shared vision for what open data can deliver.”
Today’s announcement comes as members of the U.S. Senate prepare to bring the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) to a floor vote. The DATA Act, which is the Coalition’s key legislative priority, passed the U.S. House of Representatives 388-1 in November 2013.
“Socrata is excited to join the Data Transparency Coalition in putting the promise of open data into action,” said Kevin Merritt, Socrata’s Founder and CEO. “We’re also looking forward to the enactment of the DATA Act as part of a comprehensive open data agenda that will accelerate the transformation of government’s relationship to business and society.”
Socrata is a recognized thought leader in open data. Earlier this month, the company published the latest volume of its Open Innovation magazine, which provides a unique perspective on the issues, stories, and triumphs of the open data movement.