Urban Information Exploration Platform

This service will develop methodologies and tools for integrating urban related spatial and non-spatial data as linked open data in an intuitive environment for analysis and decision making.

The following presentation on this service was given at the MELODIES: Exploiting Open Data conference in October 2016. Slides are available here.

Service Q&A

Who are the target users of this service?

Urban planners, development agencies, financial institutions and the general public. Our focus is on the strategic planning level.

How will these users access this service?

Users will access the service via a dedicated web-based platform. You can check out our beta site here (may be unavailable from time to time).

What products does this service provide?

The platform will provide the following services:

  1. Search, retrieval and provision of data on spatial assets (environment, topography, infrastructure, etc) from heterogeneous and distributed sources to describe status and spatial-temporal trends in the area.
  2. Integration of various data (EO based, statistics, "other sensors") providing a rich and integrated information base for different strategic options.
  3. Visualisation of data to facilitate insights into strategic option pro's and cons, their evaluation and identification of trade-offs.
  4. Collaboration features allowing easy information exchange which supports the user community.

How will these products benefit users?

Nowadays, there is little shortage of information on cities. Many cities have more than enough data, maps, plans and statistics to inform decision makers. Many of these resources are not easily accessible, however, or are stored separately making the integration of different products difficult and time-consuming. This service tackles this problem by bringing the different data sources together in a searchable, easy-to-access way.

Furthermore, our service will allow data users to communicate with other data users, data providers and the public. This will allow data users to gain more information from data providers in order to support and streamline their decision-making.

Which Open Data sources drive this service?

  1. Administrative divisions of Prague
  2. The Copernicus Urban Atlas
  3. Copernicus Imperviousness High Resolution Layer
  4. Master Plan of Prague
  5. Land use in Prague
  6. Prague's Green Infrastructure
  7. Aerial Photos over Prague (summer)
  8. Aerial Photos over Prague (winter)
  9. Prague's Flood zones (Q5, Q20, Q50, Q100)

What processing is performed on this data?

Our work involves integrating the existing data and collecting them into an organised context, rather than perform any specific processing per se.

How does this service use Linked Open Data?

We using LOD techniques to integrate the varied and distributed datasets together into a common portal.

How Open Data has improved this service

Open data is the foundation on which this service it built.

How the Shared Platform has improved this service

We have not used the shared platform's full capabilities to date. In the future the additional processing resource has the potential to improve the responsivity, scalability and performance of our service platform.

How LOD and/or visualisation tools have improved this service

We aim to produce an innovative, sustainable user interface, using recent achievements in web-based data presentation, data driven documents and infographics. It will allow user friendly exploration of integrated spatial and socio-economic data, and thus really facilitate use by the non-technical community.

Our biggest challenges so far...

... has been to learn about LOD techniques and the new technologies provided by MELODIES partners - not only from a technical viewpoint but also from a business potential perspective.