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README.rst

Open Data Platform

The goal of this project is to make it easy for corporations to publish raw data related to the external impact of their operations, allowing researchers, students and third party application developers to analyze and present the information in useful ways.

Progressive corporations often dedicate significant resources to annual reports describing the impact of their operations with respect to the environment. They do so because they want to make a statement regarding the efforts they are making to serve customer needs in a sustainable way. However, by packaging these data in a glossy, human readable brochure, they are missing out on a wonderful opportunity.

Publishing the raw data online will allow researchers and other interested parties to analyze, compare, and present it in useful ways, beyond the scope of any company's CSR department.

Seventh Generation is the first company to use this platform (online at http://opendata.seventhgeneration.com). Other companies are strongly encouraged to do the same by forking this project, customizing it to their needs, and publishing their own datasets.

The power of the platform grows with each new participant. Join us by unlocking your data!

Participants

Partners

How To Get Started

  • Fork this project
  • Sign up for Heroku and follow the Getting Started Guide: http://docs.heroku.com/quickstart
  • Sign up for Amazon S3: http://aws.amazon.com/
  • Copy config/heroku_env.rb.template to config/heroku_env.rb and update accordingly. These values are used for local development.
  • Add corresponding config variables to Heroku environment using "heroku config:add"
  • Create admin account using "heroku console": Admin.create(:email => 'youremail', :password => 'yourpassword')
  • Customize Devise mailer_sender in config/initializers/devise.rb
  • Customize config.action_mailer.default_url_options in environments/production.rb
  • Take a look at config/configs.rb and update where appropriate
  • Customize the CSS to add your company branding
  • Publish your data

Thanks

This application makes use of the following open source code/assets/plugins/gems/engines. Many thanks to these fine contributors to the open source community!

License

All code and design assets are made available under the MIT License.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.