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Shared on February 19, 2015 by IBM

Citizens, developers, and enthusiasts will stay busy this weekend hacking away on open data in honour of Open Data Day, an international event calling on all citizens to write applications, create visualizations, and publish analyses using open public data.

The quickest, most efficient way to build open data apps

Bluemix and

As the weekend gears up, it’s important to have great resources at your fingertips that make it simple to work with open data and build apps that have the ability to truly change the world. Two tools that can help maximize your time coding this weekend are ThinkData’s platform and IBM’s Bluemix.

In short, ThinkData’s platform aggregates available open data released by all levels of government across Canada. organizes and catalogues this public data, providing users with API access to high value information.    IBM’s Bluemix is a cloud platform that helps developers rapidly build, manage, and run web and mobile applications. Bluemix not only offers developers a broad range of IBM, third-party, and open source APIs and services, but also integrates with many of the developer tools already in use today.

The great thing about these two products is that they share a very similar vision. By abstracting lower-level infrastructure components, Bluemix enables developers to spend more time writing the code that will differentiate their app and drive user adoption and engagement. Namara accomplishes that same goal with respect to open data. It’s about making it as easy as possible to integrate data into an app so developers can focus on polishing their end product.

Together, these two products create a very powerful environment where developers can work with high value data in an extremely digestible format, while at the same time accessing all the tools and infrastructure they need to bring their ideas to life.

Open Data is the 21st century’s new natural resource fuelling the budding Innovation Economy. As the Industrial Economy was fuelled with oil, the Innovation Economy will be fuelled by data. And like oil, data will be mined and processed for value – it’s unique value being insights previously unimaginable.

Let’s work together this weekend to showcase the potential of what open data is about to become.


ThinkData is a Toronto-based open data startup that aggregates information from all levels of government, allowing developers, businesses, and citizens to access high value data in standard useable formats. They work with businesses of all sizes, from blue chip organizations providing services to millions of people to small startups trying to disrupt a specific sector, by identifying relevant open data and building constant access into their product or service. To date, ThinkData has amassed a catalogue containing all available open data in Canada, and is working to capture all of North America. 


IBM® Bluemix™ is the IBM open cloud platform that provides mobile and web developers access to IBM software for integration, security, transaction, and other key functions, as well as software from business partners.

Built on the Cloud Foundry open source technology, Bluemix offers more control to application developers by using its Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering, and also provides pre-built Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) capabilities. The goal is to simplify the delivery of an application by providing services that are ready for immediate use and hosting capabilities to enable internal scale development. With the broad set of services and runtimes in Bluemix, the developer gains control and flexibility, and has access to various data options, from predictive analytics to big data.


Bryan Smith
Co-Founder and CEO
ThinkData Works Inc.

Graham Churchill
Business Leader, IBM Bluemix Cloud Innovation Platform 
IBM Canada

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