What is Socrata?
- Data is made available to public and stakeholders
- Measures can be designed to capture the performance of the organization (data-driven decision-making)
- Allows organizations to be more transparent (regulatory agencies, public, legislators, business leaders, etc...)
- Enhances the abilities of public service organizations to respond to the needs of the public
- Importing data
- Creating visualizations
- Creating data lens
- Creating a story
Importing data is pretty straightforward and simple. Once the data is imported into Socrata, it can be changed and modified according to the user's needs. New columns can be added, data can be replaced or appended, and privacy settings can be adjusted.
One of Socrata's biggest strengths is the capability to create visualizations. There are many to choose from, so most data types can be represented. Once the type of visualization is chosen, there are many different options for how the information is displayed.
Data lens offer a quick and easy way to summarize and explore datasets. They use what Socrata call cards, each containing their own visualization. The powerful aspect of data lens is the ability to filter on one card and have the results filter down to all of the other cards present in the data. If a user wants to compare a certain county with others, the data lens can be filtered to show the target county and how it compares to all of the others. The example below illustrates vehicle collisions in the Summer of 2016.
Socrata has enabled the use of stories. Stories are a way in which a user can summarize their data in a presentation form. Stories can use, images, videos, hyperlinks, as well as any output generated from Socrata (graphs, data lens, links to the data, etc...)