Socrata & Police Foundation

Open data increases transparency, builds community trust, and supports innovation.

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

With a dedicated Task Force on 21st Century Policing, they wanted to share data using a combined open data portal. This external data about police-citizen interactions would be shared with the community and used to identify and disseminate best practices. Internally, this data would be used to improve early warning systems, uphold internal accountability, and decrease inappropriate uses of force.

How they made it possible – no code required.

The data would be shared as part of a combined open data portal, built by analysts at Socrata – a cloud software company focusing on open data and other solutions for digital government to improve society.

Socrata 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 to increase access and availability of police data, which remains a growing public policy topic.

“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