Public data is becoming more important and governments from around the world are opening up their data sets to be used by citizens and organisations. However, why should every country, region or city re-invent the wheel and create a new platform where the open data sets are shared? Luckily there is OpenDataSoft. A new Big Data Startup, developed in France, that is a cloud based platform designed for seamless and unlimited data re-using. They target government and public administrations who want to launch Open Data portals as well as companies that want to share their datasets with internal or external partners.

(Public) data sets come in any format and OpenDataSoft is capable of reading any data format as well as understand any data type. Using metadata is makes the data findable and reusable, it can add filters for data that for example should not be published or it can enrich the records. It has developed a secure API that can be used to easily re-use the data and a portal comes with interactive visualizations. All data is stored using a cloud-based NoSQL storage service including MapReduce processing models that can be easily scaled to huge volumes.

They are constantly updating their SaaS- solution, with new updates coming on a weekly basis. OpenDataSoft was founded in 2011 by Jean-Marc Lazard, CEO and David Thoumas, CTO and since their launch they have already managed to get some important clients on board. Clients include Île-de-France region, French Railways Company SNCF, Paris Public Transportation Company RATP and many others. Currently they are exploring new markets such as the USA and the UK.

Since their founding they have not yet needed any external funding as they were profitable just 1,5 year after founding. Although they do not have any patents (pending), they have already won several awards, including Dataconnexions Award 2012 and 2013 as well as they won the Jury Prize at the SAP Startups Forum 2013.



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Head Office

130 rue de Lourmel

Countries Supported



Energy, Media and entertainment, Public sector and governments, Transportation


Subscription, Freemium

Size of Customers

Large, Medium

Year Founded

December 8, 2011


Funding Received from Investors


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