NYCFacets was awarded the Grand Prize by Mayor Bloomberg during the NYCBigApps 3.0 Awards Ceremony at IAC Headquarters on April 17, 2012. From a record field of 96 submissions, the developer-targeted NYCFacets garnered top scores from a judging panel that included a number of luminaries in the fields of technology, venture capital, and City government, including: Dawn Barber Co-founder, New York Tech Meetup; John Borthwick CEO, Betaworks; Alex Diehl, Managing Director of BMW iVentures; Chris Dixon CEO & Co-founder, Hunch; Esther Dyson Chairman, Edventure; Stuart Ellman Co-founder & General Partner, RRE Ventures; Charlie Kim, CEO Next Jump; Lawrence Lenihan Founder, CEO and Managing Director, FirstMark Capital; Carole Post Commissioner, NYC DoITT; Danny Schultz Co-founder & Managing Director, DFJ Gotham Ventures; Naveen Selvadurai Co-founder, Foursquare; Kristy Sundjaja, Senior Director, Head of Industry Transformation Department, Center for Economic Transformation, NYCEDC; Kara Swisher Co-Executive Editor, All Things Digital; David Tisch Managing Director TechStars; and Fred Wilson Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures.
NYCFacets is a Smart Open Data Exchange that catalogs all New York City (NYC)-related datasources.Unlike a traditional data exchange, it not only catalogs metadata, it also extracts extrametada – additional metadata derived using semantics, statistics, algorithm & the crowd, in a technique dubbed “crowdknowing” by Ontodia’s founders. It uses this extrametadata to score each datasource from various perspectives, automatically correlate them, and in the near future, perform semi-automatic domain mapping, dramatically accelerating Open Data innovation by the developer community.
NYCFacets was created in response to NYC’s ambitious, multi-year roadmap to become the premier Digital City of the Future. A critical part of this roadmap calls for exposing as much City Data as possible through an API so that businesses and entrepreneurs can build innovative Smart City solutions.
And with the recent passage of NYC’s Open Data Bill – landmark legislation mandating that all City Data be published in an Open Data portal, it has become apparent that navigating this rich datasource required a robust Discovery, Query Federation, and Semantic Integration mechanism. NYCFacets fills this need for the developer community.
This early version covers all 900+ datasets in NYC’s Open Data Catalog.
By Summer 2012, it will be expanded to cover additional NYC-related datasources outside the catalog, including traditional relational databases, APIs and Linked Data sources. It will also catalog apps and websites that use these datasources – effectively becoming a discovery mechanism for NYC-related apps and websites as well.
Ontodia is also working on an “NYCpedia”
Ontodia is a semantic technology startup especializing in the Smart City space. It differentiates its “Smart” solutions through a process it calls “Crowdknowing”
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