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Socrata is a software company.

IndustryData as a Service
FounderKevin Merritt
HeadquartersSeattle, Washington, United States
Key people
Kevin Merritt, Safouen Rabah, Matt Miszewski
ProductsOpen data, government performance management, government financial insights, data-driven government


Socrata was founded in 2007 in Seattle, Washington, USA and subsequently opened offices in Washington, D.C. and London, U.K.

Originally known as Blist, Socrata launched as "the world's easiest database" at the DEMO 2008 conference. Blist was an easy-to-use, web-based, online software as a service database provider.[1]

On June 2, 2009 the company changed its name from Blist to Socrata, coincident with its business decision to focus exclusively on meeting the needs of the public sector.[2]

In March, 2016 Socrata and Motorola Solutions formed a strategic partnership in which Socrata would develop and operate CrimeReports on behalf of Motorola Solutions, Inc., bringing a more modern, mobile-friendly crime mapping solution to more than 1,200 law enforcement agencies in the U.S.[3]

As of October, 2017 the company has 160 employees in the US, UK and Germany.[citation needed]

On April 18, 2018, the company announced that it has been acquired by Tyler Technologies.[4] Substantially all the employees will join Tyler and the Socrata offices in Seattle and Washington D.C. will remain open as well.[5]


Socrata develops and operates a government domain-specific, cloud-based data as a service platform that breaks down government data silos. This platform has the ability to ingest, store and serve all variety of public sector data workloads - from small, static data to dynamic big data including real-time, sensor-based data emitted from Internet of Things and smart city sensors and devices. The Socrata platform can store structured or unstructured operational, geospatial, financial and performance data and digital content like video footage.[citation needed]

DataLens and PerspectivesEdit

To provide government analysts and citizens better insights into government data, Socrata introduced a machine learning-powered, automated data visualization technology called DataLens. With DataLens, an interactive, filterable dashboard is created with thumbnail data visualizations of each attribute in the dataset. For example, with crime data, a time series graph depicting crime trends over time, a map showing crime prevalence by neighborhood and a column chart showing crime distribution by type are automatically created.[citation needed]

Open Data NetworkEdit

In July, 2014 Socrata introduced the Open Data Network, an initiative powered by machine learning designed to foster data-centered collaboration between governments and the private sector. Governments at each level have the same kinds of data - crime data, transit data, 311 service incident data, expenditure data.[6]


In June, 2017 Socrata achieved and was granted an authority to operate at FedRAMP Moderate status by the US Government's General Services Administration FedRAMP Program Management Office.[7] The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a US government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud-based products and services. While governments have made public data available under less strict guidelines, the FedRAMP environment is suitable for sharing more sensitive, private data internally.


Socrata solutions have been adopted by public sector institutions of all sizes in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Some of the organizations that have adopted the Socrata platform are listed below.[citation needed]

Federal and National AgenciesEdit

  • US Department of Commerce
  • US Census Bureau
  • US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
  • US Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • US Department of Transportation
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Dutch Vehicle Authority (Netherlands)
  • Universal Service Administrative Company (FCC)

States and ProvincesEdit

  • State of Utah
  • State of Texas
  • New York State
  • State of California
  • State of Colorado
  • State of Oregon
  • State of Washington
  • Province of Nova Scotia, Canada

Counties and ParishesEdit

  • Los Angeles County
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Cook County
  • Fulton County
  • King County
  • San Diego County
  • Marin County
  • Douglas County, CO
  • West Sussex, UK

Cities and TownsEdit

  • Austin
  • New York
  • Buffalo
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Henderson, NV
  • London Borough of Camden, UK
  • Port Angeles, WA

Multi-lateral Organizations and Non-governmental OrganizationsEdit

  • The World Bank
  • The United Nations
  • The European Commission
  • The National Governors Association


Socrata has raised more than $54M in venture capital funding to date.[8] Socrata received an initial series A round of venture capital funding of USD $6.5 million from Morgenthaler Ventures and Frazier Technology Ventures in January, 2008.[9] The company received an $18 million series B funding round from OpenView Venture Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, Frazier Technology Partners, and In-Q-Tel in June, 2013. Socrata closed a $30M C round of funding in November, 2014, led by Sapphire Ventures with participation from Morgenthaler Ventures, Frazier Technology Ventures and OpenView Venture Partners.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Blist Prepares Easy Web-based Database Application". TechCrunch. 2007-11-10.
  2. ^ "Start-Up Taps Obama E-Gov Energy". National Journal. 2009-06-02. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14.
  3. ^ "Motorola and Socrata Partner to Improve Neighborhood Crime Maps for Citizens". Geekwire. 2016-03-15.
  4. ^ "Seattle tech company Socrata bought by Tyler Technologies". The Seattle Times. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  5. ^ "Seattle open data startup to be acquired by Tyler Technologies". Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  6. ^ "Socrata's Open Data Network a Hub to Connect the Public and Private Sectors". Govtech. 2014-07-25.
  7. ^ "Socrata Clears FedRAMP, Embraces Non-Open Data". Govtech. 2016-06-07.
  8. ^ "Crunchbase". 2017-10-25.
  9. ^ Cook, John (2008-02-20). "Database startup Blist scores $6.5 million stake". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  10. ^ Cook, John (2013-06-26). "Socrata lands $18 million, continuing mission to unlock troves of government data". GeekWire.
  11. ^ Peters, Katherine (2013-09-03). "In-Q-Tel Investment Signals Intel Community Focus on Data Sharing". NextGov.