Socrata & Police Foundation

Partnering with the Police Foundation, analysts at Socrata needed to automate the ingress and centralization of various police data sources into an open data portal for the Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

They used FME Desktop to design workflows that pull data from disparate APIs and transform the data into more standardized formats. They then automated these workflows with FME Cloud, which is FME Server technology deployed in an AWS cloud environment.

This project represents an important step in the White House Police Data Initiative with the intent of increasing access and availability of important police data. As such, FME plays an integral role in achieving the goals of the Police Foundation to provide open data to increase police transparency, which remains a growing public policy topic.

Socrata is a cloud software company focusing on open data and other solutions for digital government to improve society.

Police Foundation is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit dedicated to advancing policing through innovation and science.

“FME has intuitively, and instrumentally, aided us in collecting data from myriad sources and through the wealth of transformers and writers to then distribute quality data. What would have taken weeks we were able to accomplish in days. It was incredibly useful in accomplish our goal to promote greater police data visibility.” -- Peter Moore, Socrata