Open data platform provider Socrata releases an open source option: “Socrata Open Data Server, Community Edition.” (Socrata Releases “Open Source Data Server, Community Edition”: http://t.co/G5jTBqLPg4...
Our Goals for Community Edition
We’re offering an open source product for a number of reasons, all related to accelerating and broadening the growth of open data. We want to:
- Promote data portability throughout the open data ecosystems.
- Support open source software policies in public organizations around the globe.
- Encourage the development of software on top of open data.
In the words of Kevin Merritt, our CEO, “Socrata is investing in an open source product because it will help us accelerate mainstream adoption of the open data cloud model as the de facto enterprise data architecture. We envision a future where the 99 percent of data still locked up in legacy proprietary systems will be open and accessible to the masses.”
What “Community Edition” Will Offer
The “Socrata Open Data Server, Community Edition” supports the ongoing development of open data standards in three key areas, all required for a thriving ecosystem:
Data Catalog Interoperability – Enables universal federation of different open data catalogs using a standard catalog schema, based on the W3C Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT).
Data Portability Based on Standard Data Formats – Standardizes outputs including JSON, XML, and CSV, as well as RDF and other Linked Data standards. The goal is to evolve towards standard schemas that developers can use for popular data sets, based on real-world examples and collaboration between data publishers.
Application Portability Based on Open Data API Standards – Standardizes the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) used to programmatically access open data, using established paradigms and protocols such as REST, HTTP, and Structured Query Language (SQL).