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NYCFacets Takes Big Win At BigApps 3.0 Content

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Semantic tech startup Ontodia took the grand prize at New York City’s BigApps 3.0 contest on Tuesday. As covered in this article, Ontodia’s NYCFacets is a Smart Open Data Exchange for the developer community that catalogs all the NYC-related data sources already present in the New York City Open Data Catalogue.

“Now that we’ve gotten this validation, we’ll charge full-steam ahead with our bigger vision for pragmatic Linked Big Open Data in NYC,” says Ontodia co-founder Joel Natividad.

NYCFacets today does the massaging and federation of data for developers “so they can build whatever apps they want.” But in the future he sees other opportunities for journalists to leverage the data, for example, or in the service of citizen-mashups or perhaps even to power Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests via a portal.  “But we need to lay down the foundation first. So we started with NYCFacets,” he recently told the Semantic Web Blog.

Other prizes were awarded to Work+, which won second place as best overall application to help home workers find places to do their business other than their small and cramped apartments. Embark NYC won as best mobility application for helping riders navigate the subway. You can view all the winners here.


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Jennifer Zaino is a New York-based freelance writer specializing in business and technology journalism. She has been an executive editor at leading technology publications, including InformationWeek, where she spearheaded an award-winning news section, and Network Computing, where she helped develop online content strategies including review exclusives and analyst reports. Her freelance credentials include being a regular contributor of original content to The Semantic Web Blog; acting as a contributing writer to RFID Journal; and serving as executive editor at the Smart Architect Smart Enterprise Exchange group. Her work also has appeared in publications and on web sites including EdTech (K-12 and Higher Ed), Ingram Micro Channel Advisor, The CMO Site, and Federal Computer Week.

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