Category: Open Source

Towards #NextgenOpendata

Today we are proud to announce that Ontodia has joined OpenGov — the leading government financial intelligence, planning, and transparency platform. It’s been a long (yet worthwhile!) journey, and we couldn’t be happier to continue our efforts by joining OpenGov. Not only do they share our values, mission and ambition to help create the 21st Century connected government we expect and deserve, combining forces with OpenGov …

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Why we built CivicDashboards

Because we also started hating data portals.  As a purveyor of one, I know its a bold statement to make. But as a company born of open data, we’ve spent the past four years not only deploying but hacking on open data portals of all kinds.  Actually, all our early experiments – from NYCDataWeb, to NYCFacets, to NYCpedia, were attempts at improving data portals – …

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ONTODIA LAUNCHES CIVIC DASHBOARDS

Cost-Effective Data Portal Bundling a Performance Management Platform, Data Subscriptions & Analytics-as-a-Service Enable Government Agencies Worldwide to Jumpstart Open Data Initiatives & Quickly Put Data to Work New York, NY (November 4, 2015) –  Ontodia announced today the launch of CivicDashboards™. CivicDashboards is a next-generation open data suite designed for agencies to go beyond listing raw datasets in an online catalog. “We believe a data …

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Talk is not Cheap reprise

I was getting ribbed by some folks that all that talk about open-sourcing ckanext-discourse WAS cheap, because we sat on it for a while. Well, we finally got around to cleaning up the code, and even improving it a bit after some initial feedback.  https://github.com/ontodia/ckanext-discourse Check it out in action at talk.beta.nyc and data.beta.nyc! Open Data + Open Conversations = Community Insights! P.S.  Hopefully, somebody gets …

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Open Data is Geospatial Data

  When we first started Ontodia, we were really keen on applying pragmatic semantic web technologies to open data.  “Onto” comes from ontology, and “dia”, from encyclopedia.  We thought (and still do) that “Open Data is the killer app of Linked Data and vice-versa.” NYCpedia was actually our third attempt at doing that (NYCFacets was our second,  and NYCDataWeb, the first).  And on our third attempt, …

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Talk is not Cheap

OpenData.city is not just about democratizing opendata in terms of affordability.  Its also about  widening the opendata community to something that regular citizens, businesses and students can understand and use in their daily lives. And as we learned when we built NYCpedia in 2013, its all about creating context.  People don’t care about raw Big Open Data – thousands of datasets in a portal.  They care about Small Data – actionable …

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OpenData.city is Live!

Today, we’re thrilled to announce  that OpenData.city is live! As a company born out of Open Data, we’ve seen how fast the field has evolved.  When I first entered NYCBigApps back in 2010, NYC’s DataMine was primarily a list of 350 files being served out of a web server – no API, files in various formats, little metadata. Since then, NYC has become the top Municipal Open Data City …

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Invisible Open Data

On the Internet, there is the concept of the Deep Web – “large parts of the web that is not reachable by search engines.”  By one estimate, 80% of the information on the web is “invisible.” On the Open Data front, I submit that a lot of government data is also “invisible”, with a large majority of it locked up behind custom search engines with …

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Our take on Open Source and Our Government

Fred Wilson wrote a great post yesterday about Open Source and Our Government.  Our take was buried in the very active “disqus”sion afterwards, so I’d thought I’d post it here and expand on it further: Source Code is Data. So it can even be argued that Open Source falls under the Federal Open Data initiative.   For a civic tech startup like us, its so …

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