Service for searching public data supported the New York Times

Service for searching public data supported the New York Times

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Newspaper New York Times, as well as venture capital funds Comcast Ventures, American Express Ventures and Crosslink Capital, invested $ 4.5 million in start-up company Enigma, which specializes in the aggregation and provision of access to arrays of information published by various organizations.

Both companies and public authorities in different countries to spread sharing a huge range of information – petabytes, according to estimates that do in Enigma. They can be used without the aid of intermediary companies. However, this requires significant effort: data scattered mass sources, they are difficult to understand and even harder to combine with each other.

It is this part of the work and takes Enigma. The Company collects publicly available information, prepares and cleans them, and then provides access to them through a single software interface. Using it, you can compare the data gleaned from various sources, and quickly find connections between them.

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Service allows you to make queries to known him datasets. Found information can be explored with the help of built-in analytical tools.

Enigma website gives some idea of what kind of data can be found in its database. The service allows you to retrieve information about the registration of corporations, licenses FCC, data on patents granted, records of results of voting in the legislature, information about political donations and lobbyists, identify links between politicians and various companies and organizations. In addition, it keeps track of a variety of economic indicators, contains data on the level of oil and gas in various wells location and scale power plants, climate information and more.

Interestingly, in the list of investors includes New York Times. This is explained by the fact that the newspaper is aware of the opportunities service firsthand. “New York Times used the Enigma to look for stories,” – said one of the founders of Enigma Mark Dacosta publication VentureBeat. And the New York Times – not the only organization applying service for journalistic purposes. Enigma’s clients include many news agencies.

Service business model is simple: pay for access. Minimum rate plan provides for payment of $ 195 per month. For $ 395 Enigma is ready to serve up to 50,000 requests per month. On payment of a higher load will have to negotiate separately.

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