• Authentication
  • Using OAuth2 authorization
  • Triple Pattern Fragments API
  • RDF exports
  • OpenDataSoft RDF data
  • Authentication

    An authenticated user can be granted access to restricted datasets and benefit from extended quotas for API calls. The API features an authentication mechanism for users to be granted their specific authorizations.

    For the platform to authenticate a user, you need to either:

    Finding and generating API keys

    API keys are managed via your user profile page at https://<youropendatasoftportal>.com/account/ or by clicking on your name in the header.

    Link to account settings

    Go to the tab named My API keys to see your existing API keys, revoke them and create new ones.

    Account's API keys page

    Providing API keys within requests

    Unauthenticated request on private portal

    > GET https://private-portal.opendatasoft.com/api/v2/catalog/datasets/ HTTP/1.1
    < HTTP/1.0 401 Unauthorized

    Request authenticated with an API key

    > GET https://private-portal.opendatasoft.com/api/v2/catalog/datasets/?apikey=7511e8cc6d6dbe65f9bc8dae19e08c08a2cab96ef45a86112d303eee HTTP/1.1
    < HTTP/1.0 200 OK
        "total_count": 4,
        "links": [{
            "href": "https://private-portal.opendatasoft.com/api/v2/catalog/datasets?start=0&include_app_metas=False&rows=10",
            "rel": "self"
        }, {
            "href": "https://private-portal.opendatasoft.com/api/v2/catalog/datasets?start=0&include_app_metas=False&rows=10",
            "rel": "first"
        }, {
            "href": "https://private-portal.opendatasoft.com/api/v2/catalog/datasets?start=0&include_app_metas=False&rows=10",
            "rel": "last"
        "datasets": [...]

    API keys are passed along requests through the query parameter apikey.

    For example, accessing a private portal's catalog unauthenticated will return a 401 Unauthorized error.

    But passing the API key of an authorized user will return the JSON response with the list of accessible datasets for this user on the portal.

    Using OAuth2 authorization


    OpenDataSoft implements the OAuth2 authorization flow, allowing third party application makers to access the data hosted on an OpenDataSoft platform on behalf of a user while never having to deal with a password, thus avoiding any user credential to be compromised.

    The OpenDataSoft OAuth2 authorization flow is compliant with RFC 6749 and makes use of Bearer Tokens in compliance with RFC 6750.

    Application developers who want to use the OpenDataSoft APIs with OAuth2 must go through the following steps, which will be explained in this section.

    1. Register their application with the OpenDataSoft platform.
    2. Request approval from users via an OAuth2 authorization grant.
    3. Request a bearer token that will allows them to query the OpenDataSoft platform APIs for a limited amount of time.
    4. Refresh the Bearer Token when it expires.

    Currently, applications are registered on a specific domain and can only access data on this domain.

    Register an application for OAuth2 authentication

    OAuth2 applications management interface

    1. Go to the My applications tab of your account page on the domain you want to register the application on.
    2. Fill the registration form with the following information:
      • Application name: the name of the application
      • Type:
        • confidential: client password is kept secret from the user and only used from a trusted environment (e.g: a web service, where the client password is stored server-side and never sent to the user)
        • public: client password is embedded in a client-side application, making it potentially available to the world (e.g: a mobile or desktop application)
      • Redirection URL: the URL users will be redirected to after they have granted you permission to access their data
    3. Store the resulting client ID and client secret that will be needed to perform the next steps.

    Getting an authorization grant

    Example call to /oauth2/authorize/

    GET /oauth2/authorize/?
        scope=all HTTP/1.1

    To get an authorization grant from a user:

    1. Redirect them to /oauth2/authorize/ with the appropriate query parameters.
    2. The user will then be authenticated in the platform and redirected to a page identifying your application.
    3. From there, the user will review the information you filled in the form described above and the scope of the requested access, and grant your application the right to access their data.
    4. Once the user has accepted those terms, they will be redirected to your application's redirection URL with query parameters describing your authorization grant.

    The query parameters you need to supply when redirecting the user are the following:

    Redirection following a successful authorization

    HTTP/1.0 302 FOUND
    Location: https://example.com?state=ilovedata&code=gKnAQc2yIfdz2mY25xxgpTY2uyG5Sv

    The authorization grant redirect will have these values:

    The 30-character authorization code must now be converted into a bearer token within 1 hour before expiring.

    Converting an authorization grant to a bearer token

    Example call to /oauth2/token/

    POST /oauth2/token/ HTTP/1.1

    To receive a bearer token, convert the previously obtained authorization grant via a POST request to /oauth2/token/ with the following parameters:

    Alternative call with an Authorization header

    POST /oauth2/token/ HTTP/1.1
    Authorization: Basic Y2lkOmNzYw==

    Alternatively, you can pass your client ID and client secret through the Authorization header

    Example response for a bearer token request

    HTTP/1.0 200 OK
    Content-Type: application/json
        "access_token": "9kxoTUYvSxnAiMpv008NBqRiqk5xWt",
        "expires_in": 3600,
        "token_type": "Bearer",
        "state": "ilovedata",
        "scope": "all",
        "refresh_token": "jFfDUcsK9zzNMs1zwczzJxGrimPtmf"

    The response to this request is a JSON representation of a bearer token, which contains the following values:

    Using the bearer token

    Using the token as a query parameter

    GET /api/end/point?access_token=9kxoTUYvSxnAiMpv008NBqRiqk5xWt HTTP/1.1

    Using the token in an Authorization header

    GET /api/end/point HTTP/1.1
    Authorization: Bearer 9kxoTUYvSxnAiMpv008NBqRiqk5xWt

    Using the token in the request body

    GET /api/end/point HTTP/1.1

    The bearer token can be passed along requests for authentication in three different ways:

    Refreshing a bearer token

    Example token refresh call

    POST /oauth2/token/ HTTP/1.1

    To refresh an expired bearer token, send a request to the /oauth2/token/ endpoint, with the following query parameters:

    The response to this request is identical to the bearer token response.

    Triple Pattern Fragments API

    OpenDataSoft datasets can be queried using Triple Pattern Fragments (TPF). This is an approach for querying linked data described with Resource Description Framework (RDF) without using traditional SPARQL Endpoints. More information on TPF here.


    The TPF API enables triple pattern querying over OpenDataSoft datasets.

    A triple representing the fact that Nero was born in Rome

    roman:Nero roman:birth_cty "Rome"^^xsd:string

    A triple can be seen as a fact described by a subject, a predicate and an object. Those 3 elements are represented with a Unique Resource Identifier (URI). An object can also be described with a Literal.

    A triple pattern matching all subjects born in Rome

    ?s roman:birth_cty "Rome"^^xsd:string

    A triple pattern is a simple query where subject, predicate or object can be variables in order to match triples.

    More complex queries can be run using a TPF client See here.

    Service address

    The service can be reached at the following entry address.

    GET http://public.opendatasoft.com/api/tpf/{DATASET_ID}

    For this documentation, the domain http://public.opendatasoft.com will be used as an example but it can be replaced with any other custom domain name.

    The TPF API supports GET HTTP methods.


    TPF API call with parameters

    GET https://public.opendatasoft.com/api/tpf/roman-emperors/?predicate=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.opendatasoft.com%3A8000%2Fld%2Fontologies%2Froman-emperors%2Fname&object=%22Nero%22%5E%5Ehttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2F2001%2FXMLSchema%23string

    When the HTTP GET method is used, the parameters are appended to the URL using a Keyword Value Pair (KVP) encoding. Note that the parameter values have to be URL encoded.

    Here is the list of the 4 parameters supported by the TPF API:

    Parameter Description Possible values Optionality and use
    subject subject of the triple pattern URI (Optional)
    predicate predicate of the triple pattern URI (Optional)
    object object of the triple pattern URI or Literal (Optional)
    page result page to retrieve INTEGER (Optional)

    TPF Client

    A TPF client decomposes a SPARQL query into simple triple patterns. Thus, it can be used to run SPARQL queries over OpenDataSoft TPF API.

    Multiple implementations of TPF client can be found here. Online version of the client available here can also be used (Warning, this service does not support HTTPS).


    The following list describes the 2 parameters used by any TPF client:

    Parameter Description Optionality
    datasources TPF API address of the dataset to query (Mandatory)
    query SPARQL query to execute (Mandatory)

    SPARQL query language

    a SPARQL query to retrieve roman emperors whose reign start after AD 14.

    PREFIX roman: <https://public.opendatasoft.com/ld/ontologies/roman-emperors/>
    SELECT ?name WHERE {
      ?s roman:reign_start ?date .
        FILTER (?date > "0014-12-31T00:00:00+00:00"^^xsd:dateTime)
      ?s  roman:name ?name .

    SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language (SPARQL) is a SQL-like query language that can be used with a TPF client to access OpenDataSoft datasets described in RDF. Such query can be used to run multiple triple patterns, filters and more.

    The following SPARQL query is composed of 2 triple patterns and a filter. See the usage of the PREFIX declaration to shorten predicate URI's. This SPARQL query can be executed here (Warning, this service does not support HTTPS).

    RDF exports

    OpenDataSoft datasets can be exported in multiple RDF formats. More information on RDF here.

    RDF serialization formats

    OpenDataSoft RDF datasets are available in 4 serialization formats:

    Format name Description Syntax specification
    n3 Compact and human-friendly line based format Here
    turtle Simplified and RDF-only subset of n3 format Here
    rdfxml XML-based format Here
    jsonld Json-based format Here

    Service address

    Export a dataset using turtle format

    GET http://public.opendatasoft.com/api/v2/catalog/datasets/roman-emperors/exports/turtle

    RDF exports of datasets are available at this address and use the format name in the previous table.

    GET http://public.opendatasoft.com/api/v2/catalog/datasets/{DATASET_ID}/exports/{FORMAT_NAME}

    OpenDataSoft RDF data

    Data retrieved with the OpenDataSoft TPF API is in triple format described with RDF. Data in such format can use ontologies (vocabularies) to define their meaning.

    Default Structure

    By default, OpenDataSoft datasets are not enriched with ontologies. A direct mapping of datasets to triple is used and follows 3 rules:

    Data resulting from this transformation describe dataset structure and contents but not its semantic.

    Edit Structure

    An example of RML mapping in turtle format

    @prefix ql: <http://semweb.mmlab.be/ns/ql#> .
    @prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> .
    @prefix rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> .
    @prefix rml: <http://semweb.mmlab.be/ns/rml#> .
    @prefix rr: <http://www.w3.org/ns/r2rml#> .
    @prefix xml: <http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace> .
    @prefix xsd: <http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#> .
    <#RomanEmperor> rml:logicalSource [ rml:iterator "$.[*].fields" ;
                rml:referenceFormulation ql:JSONPath ;
                rml:source "roman-emperors@public" ] ;
        rr:predicateObjectMap [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.name_full" ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://www.w3.org/2000/10/swap/pim/contact#fullName> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.image" ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://dbpedia.org/ontology/picture> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rr:parentTriplesMap <#City> ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://dbpedia.org/ontology/birthPlace> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rr:parentTriplesMap <#Province> ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://dbpedia.org/ontology/birthPlace> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.dynasty" ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://dbpedia.org/ontology/dynasty> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.death" ;
                        rr:datatype xsd:datetime ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://data.archiveshub.ac.uk/def/dateDeath> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.cause" ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://dbpedia.org/ontology/deathCause> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.killer" ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://dbpedia.org/ontology/killedBy> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.notes" ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#comment> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.reign_start" ;
                        rr:datatype xsd:datetime ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://dbpedia.org/ontology/startReign> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.name" ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://purl.org/ontology/wo/name> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.birth" ;
                        rr:datatype xsd:datetime ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://data.archiveshub.ac.uk/def/dateBirth> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.era" ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://dbpedia.org/ontology/era> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.reign_end" ;
                        rr:datatype xsd:datetime ] ;
                rr:predicate <http://dbpedia.org/ontology/endReign> ],
            [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.name" ] ;
                rr:predicate rdfs:label ] ;
        rr:subjectMap [ rr:class <http://dbpedia.org/ontology/RomanEmperor> ;
                rr:class <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Person> ;
                rr:template "http://dbpedia.org/resource/{name}" ] .
    <#City> rml:logicalSource [ rml:iterator "$.[*].fields" ;
                rml:referenceFormulation ql:JSONPath ;
                rml:source "roman-emperors@public" ] ;
        rr:predicateObjectMap [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.birth_cty" ] ;
                rr:predicate rdfs:label ] ;
        rr:subjectMap [ rr:class <http://purl.org/ontology/places#City> ;
                rr:class <http://schema.org/Place> ;
                rr:template "http://dbpedia.org/resource/{birth_cty}" ] .
    <#Province> rml:logicalSource [ rml:iterator "$.[*].fields" ;
                rml:referenceFormulation ql:JSONPath ;
                rml:source "roman-emperors@public" ] ;
        rr:predicateObjectMap [ rr:objectMap [ rml:reference "$.birth_prv" ] ;
                rr:predicate rdfs:label ] ;
        rr:subjectMap [ rr:class <http://purl.org/ontology/places#Province> ;
                rr:class <http://schema.org/Place> ;
                rr:template "http://dbpedia.org/resource/{birth_prv}" ] .

    OpenDataSoft datasets RDF structure can be edited using the RDF Mapping Language (RML). Editing the RML mapping of a dataset modifies the RDF result returned by TPF API, RDF exports and updates the Classes and Properties filters.

    OpenDataSoft provides an endpoint that makes the URIs for resources dereferencable according to the Principles of Linked Data.

    An URI is said to be dereferencable if it can be accessed to get more information about the resource it identifies. In other words, this endpoint enables to generate URIs that uniquely describe a semantic resource on OpenDataSoft, and are guaranteed to lead to the corresponding, up-to-date data. Resource URIs have to follow the following format:

    An example of dereferenceable URI template

    rr:subjectMap rr:template "https://public.opendatasoft.com/ld/resources/roman-emperors/Emperor/{name}-{name_full}_{birth}"


    Classes and Properties filters

    The Classes and Properties filters contain all the classes and properties used in the RML mapping of the dataset. They can be used to search datasets representing a specific concept such as Persons, Cars or properties such as age or fuel consumption.