In The Press



NYC DoITT releases Geoclient under an Open Source License

January 12, 2016

“When I started my career in the mid-90s, I used Geosupport as an IBM subcontractor. Back then, it was an amazing resource and it still remains one to this day!” says Joel Natividad, CEO of Ontodia. “Wrapping this valuable resource with the Geoclient API and making it available to the public in 2014 was already an unprecedented advance – the city basically created Open Address Data as a Service. With the open source release of Geoclient, NYC further advances its position as a leading civic tech pioneer. We look forward to working collaboratively with DoITT, as we #BuildWithNotFor the ‘Strong and Just City’ of our dreams.”  Read More ..



4 Govtech Trends to Watch in 2016

January 6, 2016

““GovTech” will become even more important: From health care to e-commerce, innovation has transformed the private sector with new technologies refashioning antiquated processes and business models. Governments have been swept up in the wave, and that wave will grow. Technologists and entrepreneurs will revolutionize, or at least improve, all forms of government service and operation. Technologists have already started reimagining urban planning (mySidewalk), municipal debt investing (, capital equipment sharing (Munirent), and open data (Ontodia and ThinkData). These companies will grow in 2016 and new companies will emerge to tackle new problems, making change in this industry feel downright normal.”  Read More ..

Ontodia Partners with Hack for Heat

December 5, 2015

Ontodia partners with Hack For Heat in New York, NY. Read More

Ontodia Shows How Civic Tech Is Maturing

December 4, 2015

Ontodia and fellow New York City BigApps Winners demonstrate “how tough lessons from the first generation of city apps contests are now helping to creating civic value and community.” Read More

Civicist First Post

November 9, 2015

“This is civic tech: Civic Hall member Joel Natividad and his company Ontodia has announced the launch of its “Civic Dashboards”.. Read More.


Inside Our Data Portal Selection Process

October 26, 2015

“We hired the team of Accela and Ontodia to help with the initial configuration, train our staff, test ETL processes, and provide coverage through staffing transitions.” Read More ..



The Journey to Build Jersey City’s Data Portal

October 23, 2015

“Ontodia, provided hands-on support and development to help us build the system and did so at an incredibly reasonable price without sacrificing much in regard to the actual software usability and flexibility.”  Read More ..

Q&A with Joel Natividad

September 28, 2015

“Joel Natividad, CEO and co-founder of Ontodia participated in BigApps 2011 and 2012. To learn more about Joel’s story” Read more ..


New York City Shines New Light on Public Contracts and Hearings with Dramatic Expansion of Public Records

August 10, 2015

“Ontodia is very proud to have helped with the City Record Online Working Group project this past year.  Though a lot of work is still ahead of us, working shoulder-to-shoulder with City personnel in unlocking this unique trove of NYC data, has been a great experience and a model for public-private collaboration.” Read More ..

PATH Data Jam

February 21st, 2015

Joel Natividad, CEO and co-founder guess speaks about PATH Data Jame. Read More..


Local Government Innovation Gets Outside Help

August 8, 2014

“Two announcements in New York City and Silicon Valley  illustrate an increasing interplay between government’s desire to take advantage of technology potential and the capabilities and skills of the external civic technology community.” Read More ..

Ontodia Selected as Finalist in the IBM Watson Mobile Challenge

May 1, 2014

“In February, the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge invited teams to design mobile apps using Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities to analyze, discover insights and learn from Big Data” Read More ..


New Yorkers are learning to love big data

November 5, 2013

“New York City officials collect an extraordinary amount of data, ranging from information about parking meters to phone calls to a city-run help line…” Read More ..


How New York is releasing its ‘big data’ to the public

October 12, 2013

“The huge amounts of data being stored and analysed around the world is under increasing scrutiny. But New York City is using more data than ever in an attempt to improve life for its residents…” Read More ..


NYC Releases New Data to Public

September 23, 2013

“Ontodia, recently launched a data platform, PediaCities, which uses data from NYC Open Data portal, as well as private and nonprofit sources, to offer information about crime stats, restaurant ratings, grocery store locations, and other statistics that are borough, or neighborhood specific.” Read More ..


Ontodia Presents at NY TECH MEETUP

March 19, 2013

“Ontodia: Helping build the Digital Cities of our Future through Big, Linked, Open City Data..” Read More ..



March 19, 2013

“Last year’s NYC BigApps 3.0 Grand Prize winner, Ontodia/ NYC Facets, has also partnered with NYC BigApps to allow participants to use their database and API tools which make it easier for developers to find, combine, and pull data for use in their apps.” Read More ..


New York City: Taking Smart — And Semantic — Steps To Its Digital Future

October 16, 2012

“Every day New York City is getting closer to being the Digital City of the Future. It’s a long journey, though, and one that the semantic web community can lend a hand with.” Read More ..


Ontodia Preps Smart City Data Marketplace; Platform Previews At SemTech NYC

September 26, 2012

“Six months ago, Ontodia’s NYCFacets walked away with the win at New York City’s BigApps 3.0 conference. In the months since, the Smart Open Data Exchange that catalogs all the NYC-related data sources (which we first covered here) has been busy expanding its team, moving into the NYU-Poly hosted incubator, and getting ready to launch its Smart City platform for general use next year. A preview of that platform will take place at the upcoming Semantic Technology & Business Conference in NYC.” Read More ..


Local App Competitions Fuel Tech Startups

August 31, 2012

“Joel Natividad proves quitting your day job to follow one’s bliss isn’t only for the young. Through his participation in the latest NYC BigApps 3.0 competition, the 44-year-old was able to harness open data that’s generated from users of smartphones and laptops, a process Natividad and his long-time friend and partner have coined crowdknowing.” Read More …


NYCFacets deemed most helpful in Big Apps competition

May 1, 2012

“The annual NYC BigApps competition, founded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York City Department of Information Technology Telecommunications, was designed to incentivize app developers to create online and mobile applications by using public city databases. This year, the competition received a record number of 96 submissions.” Read More ..


That’s So New York: NYC BigApps 3.0 Competition Awards

“The City’s third annual BigApps competition, NYC BigApps 3.0, showcases mobile applications that utilize open data provided by the City. Software developers won $50,000 in cash prizes for designing apps that help New Yorkers apartment hunt, plan a day of leisure, or search for top-grade schools for their kids.” Read More ..


City App Contest Won by a Tool for Those Who Make Apps

April 18, 2012

“There were almost 100 entries into New York City’s third annual Big Apps contest, grappling with urban issues like transportation, education and land use. In the end, the top prize went to a project whose main goal was to make it easy for developers to make more apps..” Read More ..


Mayor hands out prizes to local software developers who turn NYC data into easy-to-use apps

April 18, 2012

“What spots in the city have the best WiFi connections? Is the apartment you want to buy near a good school? Getting the answers might require slogging through reams of city data – until now.” Read More ..


NYCFacets Winner of BigApps Competition

April 18, 2012

“An application that seeks to streamline the process of accessing and utilizing New York City’s Open Data Portal is the winner of this year’s third annual BigApps 3.0 competition.” Read More ..


Mayor Bloomberg Announces Winners Of Nyc Bigapps 3.0, Third Annual Competition To Create Apps Using Official City Data

April 17, 2012

“Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the winners of NYC BigApps 3.0, the third annual competition for software developers and members of the public to create web or mobile applications using official City data.” Read More ..