Socrata, a Seattle-based cloud software company, has been having a busy and productive year. The company has been working with the European Commission on an open-data presentation project which was completed last week. The end result is an online data portal that visualizes the European Union Cohesion Policy funding program. Specifically, the portal allows EU citizens to better see and understand how 50 billion euros worth of investment is being used in each member state for infrastructure and environmental projects, using easy-to-use country specific maps, charts, and graphics.
This successful open-data project with the European Commission is a big deal for the Seattle company which has been expanding internationally more than ever. In the first quarter of this year, seven of Socrata’s 22 newest customers were from outside the US. And there are more opportunities to continue working with the EU as well as other government agencies around the world. “This partnership has tremendous potential, because the European Commission clearly understands that government in the 21st century can use open data to provide increased connection and quality of life for the people they represent and serve.” says Socrata founder and CEO Kevin Merritt.
Congrats to Socrata – another win for Greater Seattle’s world-renowned ICT industry!