|[December 31, 2013]
Socrata and New York City Ring In New Year with Open Checkbook Collaboration
SEATTLE --(Business Wire)--
a Seattle-based cloud software company focused exclusively on
democratizing access to government data, today announced a partnership
with New York City to make it dramatically easier and more cost
effective for cities, counties and states to transparently disseminate
their spending data.
Inspired by New York City's award-winning Checkbook NYC financial
transparency application (www.checkbooknyc.com),
Socrata will enhance its Open Checkbook application to incorporate
Checkbook NYC's user interface look and feel and its functionality,
offering the solution as an easy-to-implement, turnkey,
software-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)). The new application will be offered as Socrata
Open Spending, Inspired by Checkbook NYC.
The new Socrata Open Spending, Inspired by Checkbook NYC
application will be one of the featured applications available in
Socrata's forthcoming Civic App Store, a marketplace of open data
applications developed by Socrata, Socrata's government customers and
third-party civic application developers.
Checkbook NYC, initially launched in June of 2010 by the Office of New
York City Comptroller John C. Liu, provides unprecedented access to
track how the government of New York City spends its $70 billion annual
budget. It is widely considered one of the best financial transparency
applications in thecountry.
In January of this year, a comprehensive national study, conducted by
the United States Public Interest Research Group, titled "Transparency
in City Spending: Rating the Availability of Online Government Data in
America's Largest Cities," ranked New York City's Checkbook NYC
transparency website in the top spot out of 30 cities. In November,
Checkbook NYC was named "Best External Application" by Government
Technology magazine at the 2013 Best of New York City Awards.
And, while New York City's finances have been available online since
2010, the Office of New York City Comptroller John C. Liu and Socrata
are now teaming up to offer the capabilities of Checkbook NYC to
municipal, city, county, regional and state governments around the world.
"Checkbook NYC is a transformational app that is truly democratizing
citizen and journalist access to the finances of one of the world's
greatest and most innovative cities," says Socrata CEO and Founder Kevin
Merritt. "The goal of the new Socrata Open Spending, Inspired by
Checkbook NYC application, is to offer what New York City
created at scale, across Socrata's global cloud infrastructure, atop
Socrata's open data platform and Socrata Open Data API."
"We are excited to collaborate with Socrata, the leading data
transparency company for governments, on standardizing the financial
data formats and APIs used by as Socrata Open Spending, Inspired
by Checkbook NYC. From day one, our dream with Checkbook NYC has
been to inspire other governments to become more financially transparent
so that taxpayers know how their hard-earned money is being spent and
that researchers, policy experts, and entrepreneurs can access the
information they need to improve people's lives," says New York City
Deputy Comptroller Ari Hoffnung. "New York City's partnership with
Socrata will help make this dream a reality."
New York City and Socrata are committed to supporting the open data
developer community and its vital role in civic innovation, as well as
the open data movement globally. All of the data made available through
the Socrata Open Spending, Inspired by Checkbook NYC user
interface will also be available via open, standards-based,
machine-readable application programming interfaces (APIs) so that
third-party developers can build applications that programmatically
incorporate government financial data. Socrata and New York City will
further collaborate on standard, open data formats for the financial
data made available through the application.
Socrata is the cloud software company focused exclusively on
democratizing access to government data. Its solutions help government
leaders improve transparency, modernize citizen access to information
and bring facts into every decision, with unprecedented speed and cost
savings. Delivered as turnkey cloud services, Socrata's data
consumerization products unlock data in enterprise silos and transform
it into useful information that everyone can easily access, visualize,
share and reuse.
To learn more about Socrata, visit www.socrata.com
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