“A ton of data has been opened up by governments, think tanks,
it’s an iceberg of data,” said Junar CEO Diego May
in an interview last week. The issue is finding the right ways to look atthat data to attack real-world problems. Open data projects have grownaroundgenomic data,other public and privatehealth data,even around
“Many organizations are opening their data up to be more tr
foster collaboration, to help innovation … Many put out HTML tables or PDFs on their web sites, but they do a crappy job and it’s not really their fault. The tools [for really good visualization] are lacking,” May said.
Junar’s Open Data Plat
form promises to make it easier for users to findthe right data (regardless of its underlying format); enhance it withanalytics; publish it; enable interaction with comments and annotation;and generate reports. Throughout the process it also lets user managethe workflow and track who has accessed and downloaded what,determine which data sets are getting the most traction etc.
The most direct competitors to Junar’s software as a service are
Tableau andGoogle visualization tools, and Socrata but those products focus on
the display/visualization piece of the solution, not all the othercomponents, May said.Junar, founded in 2010 in Chile but transplanted last year to Palo Alto,Calif., says its differentiator is that it offers an end-to-end SaaS solutionto data discovery, analytics, visualization, and reporting. Some 200agencies and other entities have used an early version of the product inthe past a few months, and the company is opening up access to anyonewanting to try it out as of Tuesday. Fees for the service starts at $290 permonth and depends on the amount of data accessed and varies by typesof data sets generated.