|By Business Wire
|March 18, 2014 05:01 AM EDT
a Seattle and London-based, open government, open data, and open
performance solutions company, has announced a strategic partnership
with UK headquartered, Ethos, the leading provider of “Smart City”
solutions. Together, Socrata and Ethos will partner to deliver an open
performance solution specifically designed to create measurable outcomes
for cities and municipalities in the United Kingdom and throughout
Powered by Socrata’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, the open
performance solution will enable government organizations of all sizes
to solve real-world problems associated with most aspects of governance
including: transportation, health, energy, citizen services, spending
transparency, and more. The solution includes an open data portal,
government apps, performance measurement and implementation, and support
services – all delivered on Socrata’s secure cloud platform.
Cities and other government organizations using the solution are
expected to achieve significant benefits including:
Improving the lives of the citizens they serve in ways that go far
beyond creating government “transparency,” such as access to better
health care, providing information about air quality and recreational
services, access to real-time parking information and other
“smart-car” services, lower crime through real-time street light
monitoring and other open data-sensory technologies, and more.
Goal-based governance through performance measurement to increase
efficiency and deliver financial and electoral transparency.
Lowering the cost of IT spending through a cloud-based, fully online
solution that minimizes the need for long-term contracts and
professional services engagements.
Delivering real-time data to citizens when they need it and in the
context by which they can most easily consume it – via apps, maps, and
online dashboards, fed by open data.
Socrata CEO and Founder Kevin Merritt sees the massive opportunity of
data-driven governing and decision-making in the public sector in the UK
and throughout Europe and believes strategic partnerships are the best
way to offer Socrata’s open data platform to government organizations
globally. Merritt says, “Through our partnership with Ethos, we begin
our ambitious global expansion strategy, having achieved significant
market adoption for our platform and cloud-based solutions at state and
local governments throughout the United States. We believe Ethos and its
‘Smart City’ approach to creating meaningful outcomes for UK cities,
councils, boroughs and ministries across the UK perfectly complements
Ethos brings the culture, credibility, and local connections Socrata has
sought in a UK-based partner. We look forward to partnering with Ethos
to increase the impact opening government data in actionable ways can
have on government in the UK and beyond.”
Adrian Ulisse, Managing Director, who oversees the Ethos Smart business
unit of Ethos Valuable Outcomes, Ltd., says:
“Our partnership with Socrata empowers Ethos to change the way
government organizations contract for and consume technology solutions.
Gone are the days of long-term contracts, costly and lengthy software
implementations, and complex technologies that don’t get used by
governments. With Socrata’s open performance solution, we are delivering
on the promise of our company’s vision for Smart Cities. We look forward
to leveraging the success of Socrata in the U.S. to bring a proven,
simple, yet robust, data solutions to our UK public sector clients, in
combination with our trusted service. This solution will be a great way
for us to expand across Europe and in other markets seeking solutions
that can be solved through open data.”
The partnership also directly supports a number of UK government open
data initiatives, including the UK Government’s Open Data Strategy1,
the Department for Innovation and Skills Industrial Strategy2,
and the recent Cabinet Office National Information Infrastructure3
One of the key outcomes of the partnership is to increase access to and
real-time availability of all open data through common application
programming interfaces (APIs) to innovators – such as computer
engineers, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs. With open data
more easily and readily available, these “consumers” of open data will
be able to accelerate their own goals, projects and business ventures.
An increase in open data availability and standard consumption policy
and practices means the creation of new approaches, jobs, social
services, and new products and services that can be used to solve
challenges in cities and other government organizations.
Socrata is the cloud software company focused exclusively on
democratizing access to data in government. We help government leaders
improve transparency, modernize citizen and developer 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. Innovators like the World Bank, Medicare,
the United Nations Development Programme, the Netherlands, New York
City, the United Kingdom, the Lombardia region in Italy, Chicago, San
Francisco, and Maryland, have all chosen Socrata as the data sharing
platform for their open innovation initiatives. To learn more about
Socrata, visit www.socrata.com or
Ethos Valuable Outcomes Group, “Ethos,” was founded in 2011 and is a
social entrepreneurship formed from senior consultants, executives and
public servants who have come together to resolve complex problems and
set up innovative operations and organizations. Ethos clients include
central government departments, cities, local government and major
corporations. Ethos Smart facilitates and implements initiatives,
products, and services in the smart city and government sectors.
To learn more about Ethos or open performance solutions by Socrata visit www.ethossmart.com
or follow @EthosSmart
1 HM Government: Seizing the data opportunity. A strategy
for UK data capability
2 BIS: Information Economy Strategy
3 Cabinet Office National Information Infrastructure
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