Press Release – City of Issy-les-Moulineaux, OpenDataSoft
Open Data: the City of Issy-les-Moulineaux launches its own portal powered by Microsoft Azure and OpenDataSoft
PARIS, France – February 12th, 2015 – New milestone in Issy-les-Moulineaux’ Smart City initiative: understandable Open Data.
The City of Issy-les-Moulineaux has launched its new Open Data platform that has been designed with a more robust structure and is easier to use by citizens. It has been introduced on February 12th during a panel discussion about “Smart Cities and the use of data to improve citizens’ lives” at Microsoft TechDays.
Innovative Smart City, Issy-les-Moulineaux has initiated its Open Data initiative in February 2012 by opening datasets on the French national Open Data portal data.gouv.fr. “We want to do more than just provide raw data that don’t match citizens’ and private companies’ expectations: the citizens want to easily understand the data and the companies want to reuse them in a simple and dynamic way. Thus, the City of Issy-les-Moulineaux has decided to launch its own Open Data portal, while still automatically publishing the data on the French national Open Data platform,” commented Eric Legale, Director of Issy Média, the company managing the City of Issy-les-Moulineaux’ communication and innovation activities.
More than 50 new datasets are added to the existing catalog. City budget, election results, location of all government buildings, green spaces, businesses… the topics are varied. In the end, more content will be open, such as real-time transportation data, to stimulate the creation of innovative services through APIs (e.g. development of smart mobility applications making traveling in the city easier).
Since the city was requiring a high-performance robust platform, it has chosen to work with key ecosystem players: OpenDataSoft, a company developing a turnkey data management solution, and Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s Cloud Computing platform & services.
According to Laurence Lafont, Public Sector Lead France at Microsoft, “Open Data bring opportunities to democratically, socially and economically innovate. With solutions such as Cloud Computing, public administration, cities, and local authorities wanting to stay up-to-date and efficient can find real answers to their issues, including budget ones. The launch of an Open Data portal is an important asset for an innovative city such as Issy-les-Moulineaux. It is valuable for both citizens and local businesses. Microsoft, through CityNext and Azure, is consistent with the principles of public sector transparency and helps the development of Open Data projects & cities’ digital acceleration.”
Jean-Marc Lazard, OpenDataSoft’s CEO, said: “OpenDataSoft is proud to be part of Issy-les-Moulineaux’ Smart City initiative. Local authorities are increasingly aware of the importance of opening as much data as possible while making them more understandable and easy to reuse.”
The mid-1990’s digitalization & the deployment of new digital services for citizens and businesses have made Issy-les-Moulineaux one of the rare cities in Europe with a higher number of jobs than inhabitants (72,000 jobs for 66,000 inhabitants). With more than half these jobs in IT, Issy-les-Moulineaux is considered an innovation pioneer.
More information on www.issy.com or on Twitter: @issy_presse
Founded in 2011, OpenDataSoft develops a turnkey SaaS platform designed for smart and easy transformation of all types of data into innovative services (APIs, data visualizations, real-time monitoring). Its mission: make it easier for business users to publish, share and reuse data. Headquartered in Paris, France, OpenDataSoft powers data sharing portals for customers such as Total, AXA, the French Ministry of the Interior, the Paris Region, the City of Brussels, the French National Railway Company, Veolia, m2ocity, Citilog…
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