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OpenGov acquires Ontodia to add open-sourced data to its civic intelligence platform

TechCrunch TechCrunch 13/04/2016 Ingrid Lunden

After raising $25 million in a Series C round of funding in October, civic technology specialist OpenGov — the startup co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale that works with government organizations to collate, analyse and publicly present their data — today announced its first acquisition to expand the services it offers to current and future customers. The startup has acquired Ontodia, a developer of Open Data-based data solutions based on CKAN, an open-source data portal that is used by governments and other public organizations globally.

Three services that will be added as a result of the deal include Managed Open Data using CKAN, publicly-available CivicDashboards (a massive data repository that includes U.S. Census data, maps, Department of Labor stats, and a whole lot more), and customized performance dashboards.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed (but we have contacted OpenGov to see if we can find out). Ontodia has been around since 2011 and worked with a number of big-name clients, including the city of Newark, Darpa, Rutgers University, and divisions of the United Nations. It had raised a modest $350,000 from angels, according to CrunchBase.

OpenGov says that Ontodia co-founders Joel Natividad and Sami Baig, as well as the rest of the Ontodia team, will join OpenGov, working out of its NYC office.

Ontodia’s founders were some of the early contributors to CKAN, and the idea here will be to add their expertise to OpenGov. It will also create a new channel to make it easier for organizations already building data solutions on CKAN to become customers of OpenGov for a wider range of services.

“By adding a flexible, open source, Open Data platform and service to our quickly expanding portfolio of government financial solutions, we are getting one step closer to realizing our vision of transforming how governments analyze, share, compare, and allocate public money and to improve how the world’s most important industry serves us all,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO and co-founder of OpenGov, in a statement.

OpenGov was built around the idea that the rise of the Internet and a freer flow of data will inevitably lead to more accountability from public organizations in terms of how they share information and also what exactly they are doing with taxpayers’ money. Today the company works with over 500 governments in 45 states, and Ontodia will help widen that funnel both in the U.S. as well as further afield.

“In the future, technology will play a huge role in tracking the trillions of dollars that flow through state and local governments, helping to better allocate resources and share best practices,” said Lonsdale, chairman and co-founder of OpenGov, in a statement. “Open-source platforms have an important role to play in furthering a transparent ecosystem that supports government decision making, and I’m excited about how Ontodia will allow us to extend OpenGov’s impact.”

More to come.

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