The more I learn about BuzzData, the less sure I am that it belongs in the Data Market club. That doesn’t mean that the site isn’t useful, or valuable, or relevant to lots of different people. Far from it. But it seems clear that BuzzData’s current focus is upon doing something very different to the other companies I’ve spoken to during this series.
Described by Nick Edouard, BuzzData’s EVP Business Development & Marketing, as a “GitHub for data,” BuzzData concerns itself with providing a place in which groups can collaborate around a set of data. This data might be a public resource that they’ve found for free on BuzzData itself, or it might be a corporate database or spreadsheet that has been uploaded to a private area of BuzzData to be worked on collaboratively. More like Huddle or Box than Infochimps or Factual, BuzzData seems primarily interested in delivering a data-centric perspective on the increasingly important task of collaboration. Whether the company can make that particular niche big enough for themselves and (if successful) the inevitable flurry of copycat competitors remains to be seen, but they’re off to a good start.
Following up on a blog post that I wrote at the start of 2012, this is the fifth in an ongoing series of podcasts with key stakeholders in the emerging category of Data Markets.
Like most of my podcasts, this one is audio-only. I am conducting a short survey this week (only one question is mandatory) to gauge interest in alternative forms of podcast, and would be grateful if you could take a moment to record your view. I shall summarise the findings on Friday.
- Data Market Chat: Tyler Bell discusses Factual (cloudofdata.com)
- Data Market Chat: Chris Hathaway discusses AggData (cloudofdata.com)
- Data Market Chat: Hjálmar Gíslason discusses DataMarket.com (cloudofdata.com)
- Data Market Chat: Flip Kromer discusses Infochimps (cloudofdata.com)