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July 24, 2014 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Open Data Network Fosters Data-Driven Decision Making

Socrata created the Open Data Network as its next step in democratizing access to government data by bringing together 25 to 30 industries and their datasets. The network’s ecosystem of participants includes governments that are open data publishers and consumers, businesses that incorporate and use government data, civic developers and entrepreneurs using open data to build service delivery apps, and individual citizens. Socrata aims to add educational institutions, healthcare providers, and other organizations to the ecosystem in the future. 

“The ultimate goal is to make the open data sharable, comparable, inter-operable and benchmarkable across governments,” according to the press release. “Socrata’s new Open Data Network will help the public sector achieve even greater operational efficiency and data-driven decision-making, fueled by better and broader access to its own data, which will now be extracted from silos.”

Zillow, a web-based real estate marketplace, agreed to partner with Socrata within the Open Data Network to release public data on the housing and real estate industry, standardize it, and make it useful for consumers. Socrata plans for other industries to follow after this initial rollout.

Source: Socrata



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