Socrata is the market leader in making existing government data discoverable, usable, and actionable for government workers and the people they serve. Socrata provides a data-as-a-service data platform and cloud applications exclusively for city, county, state, and federal government organizations. Socrata delivers unprecedented data-driven innovation and cost-savings for hundreds of public sector leaders and millions of their constituents around the world.
Government programs generate massive amounts of data, but most of it is locked away in hard-to-access data silos, including archaic databases. Socrata enables unprecedented data access by bringing together disparate systems and leveraging the cloud to dramatically enhance the effectiveness of government programs, to improve quality of life for residents, positively impact local economies, and achieve excellence in government operations. Socrata solutions are designed and developed to meet strict government standards. The technology is optimized on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector cloud and delivered using the exclusive Socrata Blueprint Methodology.
CEO Kevin Merritt founded Socrata in 2007 with the goal of creating a cloud platform that enables public sector organizations to easily manage and share their data. This platform would make the data accessible to anyone with a web connection, while also giving them the power to visualize and analyze the data with ease.
Socrata continues to build on its original concept, offering products that enable researchers, public policy experts, entrepreneurs, and busy citizens alike to better understand and make use of public sector services. It also continues to expand — developing and releasing new services that address key challenges faced by many organizations, such as performance measurement and financial accountability.
Their main office is located in Seattle’s International District, alongside many other innovative tech companies. Thanks to their lively team and location, Socrata has developed a strong office culture. They have traditions like “Socrata Lunch” on Thursdays, triathlon challenges, and Friday happy hour (complete with Nerf battles). Simply put, they are people who love what they do.