Paris-based OpenDataSoft to Power Emerging Open Data Initiative


The City of Durham and Durham County governments in North Carolina have chosen OpenDataSoft, an award-winning Paris-based internet platform, to power their growing Open Data initiative.

City of Durham
Durham County
Joint News Release
For Immediate Release:
February 20, 2015
News Media Contacts:
Amy Blalock
Sr. Public Affairs Specialist, City of Durham
(919) 560-4123, ext. 11253

Dawn Dudley
Sr. Public Information Specialist, Durham County
(919) 560-0008



The deal marks OpenDataSoft’s first customer in the United States.

“We chose OpenDataSoft because it was best suited to help us achieve specific distinctive project objectives,” said Greg Marrow, CIO of Durham County.  “Our vision is to build a highly sustainable open data program that empowers our citizens, employees, private industry while being open to other local, state and federal governments.”

After sifting through dozens of open data platforms and API architectures available, Durham’s open data  team, led by recently retained open data consultant, Jason Hare, chose ODS based upon the criteria established by the joint City and the County team.

Kerry Goode, CIO for the City of Durham, said, “We specified a platform that was easy to use, worked with almost any device, and integrated well with other open data technologies.”

“I recommended OpenDataSoft because it is easy to transform and work
with data on the platform itself,” said Hare. “For example, authors can make custom reporting pages on the fly with html5 and css3 thus enhancing creativity and user experience.”

ODS, was founded in 2011 by a technology team highly experienced in developing innovative services on the web-media, eCommerce, industry, governments.  The award-winning company has deep experience in open data efforts across Europe and was recognized as one of the Top 10 most innovative French startups selected by the Electronic Business Group.

“We are very excited to work with the Durham open data project because their vision will showcase our capabilities,” said Jean-Marc Lazard, founder & CEO of OpenDataSoft. “We are all working on a project will result in an open data portal that is head and shoulders above what has been done before.”

About the Durham Open Data Project 
The more than 2,400 employees of the City of Durham are dedicated to the service of the city’s residents – to provide quality services to make Durham a great place to live, work and play. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, 25 departments work to ensure the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors. Services range from building inspections and code enforcement, to providing emergency services, to trash and waste collection, to constructing and maintaining streets, to providing essential water and sewer services. To learn more, visit, like, follow, or watch Durham Television Network (Time Warner Cable channel 8, 97-5 and AT&T U-verse channel 99) and

About Durham County 
Durham County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina and in the nation. The economic diversity of the county ranges from agricultural communities to the internationally known Research Triangle Park, home to more than 50 major research and development organizations. Durham County’s population grew from about 180,000 in 1990, to more than 280,000 in 2013. To learn more, visit

About OpenDataSoft 
Founded in 2011, OpenDataSoft develops a turnkey SaaS platform designed for smart and easy transformation of all types of data into innovative services (APIs, data visualizations, real-time monitoring). Its mission: make it easier for business users to publish, share and reuse data. Headquartered in Paris, France, OpenDataSoft powers data sharing portals for customers such as Total, AXA, the French Ministry of the Interior, the Paris Region, the City of Brussels, the French National Railway Company, Veolia, m2ocity, Citilog…


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