[ckan-discuss] Socrata

John Erickson olyerickson at gmail.com
Tue May 1 13:04:18 BST 2012

As has been mentioned, Socrata is currently in use by several open
government portal providers (cities, states, countries) and is
cloud-based (dataset management as a service).

It has some nice ingest workflow capabilities and also some *basic*
triplification/semantification capabilities, e.g. associating
vocabulary terms with columns, etc, and produces the resultant RDF via
export. It is what I would call a linked data management system, nor
does have an associated triplestore or SPARQL endpoint.

A very nice feature is that Socrata provides "sandbox" capability for
evaluation --- try it yourself!

Stakeholders should consider Socrata alongside CKAN, the Open
Government Platform (OGPL) and proprietary solutions...


On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 7:50 AM, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:
> Hi Salman,
> Socrata is another data portal provider and offers functionality
> similar to CKAN I believe. One major difference, as I currently
> understand it, is that there solution is proprietary (not open-source)
> and always supplied in a SaaS model (they host the solution).
> Rufus
> On 30 April 2012 21:07, Haq, Salman <Salman.Haq at neustar.biz> wrote:
>> Just today I came across http://www.socrata.com/
>> It seems a few governments are using it as their open data platform.
>> Is anybody familiar with it? What are your thoughts about it?
>> Thanks,
>> Salman
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