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November 15, 2012

Socrata Open Data Server Community Edition to be Offered as an Open-Source Reference Implementation

As the volume, variety and velocity of open data grow, the scalability, cost-savings, and end-to-end simplicity of cloud-based platform become even more compelling. Socrata, a provider of cloud-based open data systems, is constantly inventing new products that help people visualize and contextualize data in consumer-friendly Web and mobile experiences. The company confirmed that its Open Data Server Community Edition will now be offered as an open source reference implementation for open data standards.

"Socrata is investing in an open source product because it will help us accelerate mainstream adoption of the open data cloud model as the de facto enterprise data architecture. We envision a future where the 99 percent of data still locked up in legacy proprietary systems will be open and accessible to the masses," Kevin Merritt, founder and chief executive officer at Socrata, said in a statement.

Designed expressly to promote data portability throughout the open data ecosystem and support open source software policies in public organizations around the globe, the "Socrata Open Data Server, Community Edition" will be released in the first quarter of 2013, as freely downloadable open source software and fully integrated with other components of the company's commercial software products.

A key goal of the Socrata open source strategy is to enable customers to rapidly accelerate the process of breaking data out of traditional enterprise database silos, moving it to the cloud and opening it for mass consumption to end users and developers. Socrata's mission is to help government organizations reap massive economic benefits from data liberation by promoting unfettered access, shareability, consumability and reuse of public data.

"We are part of a broader ecosystem that is creating massive downstream benefits and economic incentives for government to open the data floodgates," Kevin Merritt added.

Socrata recently announced the release of Mondara, a new cloud service that enables Web content developers to create data-driven, interactive online maps.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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