An interesting update from Socrata as they share results of their recent survey on OpenData use in Government
Seattle – October 31, 2014 – Socrata (www.socrata.com), the world leader in cloud solutions for open data and data-driven government, today announced the launch of the Socrata 2014 Open Data Benchmark Reportdesigned to measure and report public-sector use of open data in the United States.
The report reveals that an increasing number of public-sector organizations have embraced open data as a way to boost visibility into government decision-making and performance.
The report’s respondents also make it clear that open data has the potential to generate economic and social value far beyond the core benefits of transparency and accountability.
Finally, the research confirms that open data is growing quickly; that governments throughout the country have already realized the benefits of open data; and that open data is, and will be, a primary tool for governments to interact with their many stakeholders.
“This benchmark study clearly and dramatically confirms what we’ve been seeing during the past few years – open data adoption and usage is exploding in governments all over the world,” says Kevin Merritt, Founder and CEO of Socrata. “Open data has gone mainstream. It’s a viral movement that’s now unstoppable. And, as the lifeblood of connected global networks, it’s improving the lives of people on just about every continent.”