“Open Data” is Coming!

What is open data?  And why should you care

First, open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.  There are a lot of benefits to creating software that provides open data, but as it relates to our software products, it will help other developers connect their solutions to our solutions for better information transfer.

Open DataOpen data really benefitted the transportation industry years ago when subways, buses, railroads, etc., started opening up their software.  This allowed Google Maps to start adding transportation information right into their Google Maps app.

So why should you care?  Well, imagine if every city’s permit software allowed Zillow real-time access to permit information?  Home buyers could be better informed about purchases and Permit Techs wouldn’t have to do tedious searching or copying of old permits.  The benefits that this could provide to any Building Departments is unlimited.

With that, there is a movement starting amongst cities to adopt open data policies as well as amongst building permit software providers to adopt open data standards as well.  We are jumping on this open data train and are currently adding these standards to our software so that when Zillow comes calling, we will be ready.