Import•io launches data marketplace at Strata conference and wins Audience Choice award.
LONDON, UK – OCTOBER 2nd, 2012 – import•io, (http://import.io) the data marketplace provider, released the beta of their technology to the public at the O’Reilly Strata Conference.
Import•io is delivering a marketplace for data: the interface allows data users to link their application to one or a Mix of data sources without any coding of scrapers. The link is called a data connector, and Mixes are treated like a single data source. Data users can search Community connectors or build one themselves in minutes. Import•io then collects, normalises, and exports the data to an application – in real time. In addition data owners now have control and insight into how their data is used.
Import•io opened up their technology to twenty-two pre-beta customers before they had to stop accepting pre-beta accounts. All are growing companies, and Planvine is no exception. Barnaby Clark, Planvine’s CEO, explains:
“We rely on over 500 data sources, many of which would have taken several days of heavy development work to integrate. Import•io reduced this to a few minutes, removed the heavy lifting, and we were able to launch our beta in two months.”
On the same day of launch, import•io was one of ten companies selected to demo at the O’Reilly Strata Conference Startup Showcase, where Andrew Fogg, co-founder and CDO, and Rich Wilson, VP of Sales & Marketing, demoed the connector builder and application. Andrew accepted the O’Reilly Strata People’s Choice award on behalf of the rest of the import•io team:
Import•io wins at Strata
Import•io’s is a nascent technology:
Patrick Erins (@p_e)
“Check out @importio a data product for a real need, been waiting for something like this for ages.”
John Porter (@designermonkey)
“Ouch, this will be good: http://import.io Data nerds, sign up!”
Jock Busuttil, Software Product Manager and well-read Blogger
“It is immensely pleasing to see import.io solving a problem that I was encouraging Experian to solve for itself, namely to expose via web services its rich set of demographic data and propensity modelling derived from its vast store of credit and third-party data. Import.io present an alternate method for achieving the same outcome much more rapidly. In this data-rich world, I think they will be greasing the cogs of innovation by simply making it easier to mash up data.
Import.io excites me because of its combination of abilities to create web service access to data on-the-fly, to mash up open, proprietary and pseudo data sets, and then to provide a marketplace for the resulting data services. Democratisation of data just got a whole lot easier. Take a look.”
Taken from: http://imanageproducts.co.uk/2012/10/01/import-io-live-from-bigdatalondon-strata/
Import•io is data, simply. It’s the single place for all your data needs: A data exchange connecting data suppliers with data users, large and small. Whether you need data for an app, or you’re looking for data to perform an analysis or conduct research, import•io is a single API for all your data sources.
Big data discovery and access
Create real-time connectors to any data source: APIs, datasources, websites – in minutes.
Choose from a library of Community connectors.
Reduce integration to a non-developer task.
Single unified data schema allowing Your Mix of data sources to be treated as a single data source.
Your Mixes are normalised in real-time.
Harmonizing top-level data layer on which to build any application.
Loosely couple the relationship between application and data layers.
by Stefany Barker