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OpenDataSoft Launches Partner-Friendly Open Data Platform

The company's focus on APIs plays out in a new open data offering focused on collaboration.

OpenDataSoft has launched a new open data platform with a specific focus on enabling collaboration between partners.

The Open Data as a Service platform, which the company has already run with partners in Europe, includes data visualization tools and an API creation process, allowing managers to decide which users have access to which data sets. The idea is to make it easy for people to strike up data-sharing partnerships.

“Open Data as a Service has enabled us to create a unique offer for the communities with which we work in order to have one solution for internal and external data sharing, as well as the opportunity to improve our communication through the use of dashboards,” said Alain Geutrot, director of the Paris-area IT manager InfoCom 94 in a press release. “It’s helped us make Open Data an easy sell.”

OpenDataSoft got its start in Europe, but has been edging its way into the U.S. with a series of open data portals in the North Carolina municipalities of Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill. The company has raised more than $7 million in capital, including a $5.4 million series A round that closed in October.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.