Ninety percent of policymakers, open data experts, and private sector leaders believe that the standardization and publication of government data relating to their field has improved to at least some extent over the last few years, according a report from the Data Foundation and Grant Thornton. […]

Governments should be using open data as a communication tool with the public, according to Socrata CEO Kevin Merritt. So Socrata is releasing the Socrata Publica Open Data Cloud and CrimeReports services to help Federal, state, and local government organizations communicate their data with the public.