Thursday, September 1, 2011

Data: Socrata - A Social Network for Data - API

Open Data by Socrata is a platform that allows to publish datasets, analyze them and create visualizations. The users can upload datasets, comment and rate the datasets uploaded by other users.
The website provides an API called SODA (Socrata Open Data API) that can be used to embed the datasets along with their visualizations from As transparency of data is an important aspect of any organization, many governments have uploaded their datasets on opendata by socrata and some organizations have collaborated with socrata to upload their datasets online and use their data SODA to display the visualizations on their sites.
Some countries like Kenya have tried to achieve transparency by sharing all statistics. We can see the data here:
Various other public data sets posted can be viewed on the socrata site as: