Press Release – OpenDataSoft
PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Promoting open data and building civic apps
Open Data pioneer and API specialist OpenDataSoft is pleased to announce that it is donating a free open data portal to all Code for America Brigades. Comprised of over 35,000 civic hackers in 128 cities, Code for America Brigades are groups of dedicated volunteers who collaborate with local government to promote open data and build civic apps.
Early Brigade adopters like Code for Cary, Code for Greensboro, Code for Huntsville, Code for Charlotte and Code for Raleigh are already using the OpenDataSoft portal to publish data sets with visualizations and APIs, and to develop innovative apps like a crime incident dashboard and a local version of Code for Boston Finda app. Brigade teams can also use the OpenDataSoft platform as an internal data marketplace, a data analytics platform, and a data hub for Internet of Things (IoT)/Smart Cities programs.
The OpenDataSoft brigade open data portal has the full platform functionality of the commercial version and can be used to support an unlimited number of users, up to 20 datasets (100,000 records per dataset/max, 2 GB uncompressed raw data in total), and 10,000 API calls/day. Brigade leaders can sign up for training and platform delivery at https://www.opendatasoft.com/code-for-america-a-free-brigade-open-data-portal/.
Jean-Marc Lazard, CEO of OpenDataSoft, states that “OpenDataSoft is proud to support the civic tech volunteers in Code for America Brigades who donate their time, energy, creativity and tech skills to empower citizens and improve their local communities. OpenDataSoft is also very pleased to be a sponsor of this year’s Code for America Summit, which opens today and runs through October 2 at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, CA.”
“We are very pleased to add OpenDataSoft’s open data portal to the free tools available to help our Brigades make a difference in their communities,” remarks Andrew Hyder, civic hacker and Developer Relations Engineer at Code for America. “As volunteers, our Brigade members are always in need of great tools that can help them publish data and create applications quickly and easily. We thank OpenDataSoft for their support of the Brigade teams and the Code for America Summit!”
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 the City and County of Durham, the City of Paris and the Paris Regional Government, the City of Brussels, Veolia, m2ocity, the French Ministry of the Interior, Total, AXA, the French National Railway Company.
About Code for America & Code for America Brigades
Code for America is a national non-profit that believes government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. In collaboration with communities, companies, and government, we build open source technology and organize a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use.
Code for America Brigades are volunteer groups that collaborate with local government and community partners to build new tools that help with local civic issues. Code for America supports Brigade chapters with resources, tools, and access to the wider civic technology movement.
Code for America receives generous support from Omidyar Network, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google.org, the James Irvine Foundation, and many other foundations, corporations, and individual donors that support our national and local programs.