Boston, MA, January 4, 2017 — Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, has released its first report on the Government Open Data Management Platforms Market. The report is entitled “Market Guide for Government Open Data Management Platforms.” While Gartner analysts have written a great deal about Open Data previously, this is the first time the company has released a research report on the state of the Open Data market.
The report itself comes as Open Data approaches a milestone moment. It notes, “As the open government data movement approaches its 10-year anniversary, its momentum continues to grow around the world.”1 This marks a new stage of maturity for the movement as a whole.
OpenDataSoft, a representative vendor in the Gartner Government Open Data Management Platforms Report
OpenDataSoft is excited to have been included in the report as a representative vendor. This is the second analyst report in which OpenDataSoft was included over the past year, starting with IDC’s Open Data Smart City Marketplace Report released in May. It also continues a string of important company developments that began in September. Since that time, OpenDataSoft has opened a North American Headquarters in Boston, raised $5.5 Million, and joined the Current by GE and Microsoft CityNext ecosystems.
Jean-Marc Lazard, Co-Founder and CEO of OpenDataSoft stated about the report:
We are very pleased to have been listed among other vendors in the Government Open Data Management Platforms Market space. At a time when Open Data is spreading, we are excited to keep evolving along with the needs and vision of our users. As we just celebrated our fifth year alongside our customers a few weeks ago, it is exciting to see how much we are maturing our offer along with the market itself.
Growth in the Open Data Movement Itself
Many within the Open Data community would consider 2007 to be the year when the movement officially began, even though data were being opened long before that. In December of that year, 30 Internet thought leaders and activists met in San Francisco to define the 8 principles of Open Government Data, which were then adopted by the US Presidential Candidates at the time.
Since then, national portals such as Data.gov, data.gouv.fr, and data.gov.uk have been launched; Open Data legislation is being passed around the world; global partnerships such as the Open Government Partnership have sprung up; and each year, more and more portals appear. In November 2015, OpenDataSoft released the Open Data Inception project, which found and has since grouped together over 2,600 Open Data portals around the world. To date, it is the most comprehensive single list of Open Data portals.
All of these Open Data portals and initiatives need software to make their projects a reality! Gartner’s report reminds readers that “Open data management solutions are offered predominantly by SaaS providers as proprietary products, professional open-source products or community open-source software.”2 We see this diversity of actors as a sign of a new level of maturity for Open Data as a whole.
We believe our inclusion as a vendor in the report on Government Open Data Management Platforms by Gartner reassures us in our vision and philosophy about Open Data: technology should not be a barrier to opening and reusing Open Data. Anyone, regardless of technical level should be able to publish and reuse Open Data, whether trying to visualize them or connect them to an application via an API. In addition, as the movement grows, we are thrilled to offer a data management platform capable of reaching more verticals than just government, such as transportation and energy providers, to help communities build a truly Open Smart City.
This is all a part of our work towards one of our long-term objectives: to build a network of data in order to facilitate even further reuses of any given producer’s data. A network of datasets coming from anyone, anywhere that includes industrial Open Data, City Open Data, and much more would inspire new and exciting models of data distribution and stimulate innovation.
2016 was a landmark year in terms of the progress made toward this goal, and overall growth and expansion for OpenDataSoft. As 2017 gets under way, we are very excited for another year and all that it will bring!
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Founded in 2011, OpenDataSoft has built the industry-leading turnkey SaaS data publishing and sharing platform designed for the easy transformation of data into services for both the public and private sectors alike. It is the only platform of its kind capable of processing data streams in real-time.
With headquarters in Boston, MA and Paris, France, OpenDataSoft powers data sharing portals for the City of Paris, the Portuguese Ministry of Health, the Swiss National Railway Company, and cities and towns in the Research Triangle in North Carolina.
1. Gartner “Market Guide for Government Open Data Management Platforms,” Rick Howard, December 2016, p. 3
2. Gartner “Market Guide for Government Open Data Management Platforms,” Rick Howard, December 2016, p. 1