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Collaboration-Centred Cities through Urban Apps Based on Open and User-Generated Data

DeustoTech - Fundación Deusto, Avda Universidades, 24, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
Facultad Ingeniería, Universidad de Deusto, Avda. Universidades, 24, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
TECNALIA, eServices, Velázquez 64-66, E-28001 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editors: Vladimir Villarreal and Carmelo R. García
Sensors 2016, 16(7), 1022;
Received: 28 April 2016 / Revised: 24 June 2016 / Accepted: 26 June 2016 / Published: 1 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from UCAmI, IWAAL and AmIHEALTH 2015)
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This paper describes the IES Cities platform conceived to streamline the development of urban apps that combine heterogeneous datasets provided by diverse entities, namely, government, citizens, sensor infrastructure and other information data sources. This work pursues the challenge of achieving effective citizen collaboration by empowering them to prosume urban data across time. Particularly, this paper focuses on the query mapper; a key component of the IES Cities platform devised to democratize the development of open data-based mobile urban apps. This component allows developers not only to use available data, but also to contribute to existing datasets with the execution of SQL sentences. In addition, the component allows developers to create ad hoc storages for their applications, publishable as new datasets accessible by other consumers. As multiple users could be contributing and using a dataset, our solution also provides a data level permission mechanism to control how the platform manages the access to its datasets. We have evaluated the advantages brought forward by IES Cities from the developers’ perspective by describing an exemplary urban app created on top of it. In addition, we include an evaluation of the main functionalities of the query mapper. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart city; heterogeneous data; apps; prosuming; access control smart city; heterogeneous data; apps; prosuming; access control

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Aguilera, U.; López-de-Ipiña, D.; Pérez, J. Collaboration-Centred Cities through Urban Apps Based on Open and User-Generated Data. Sensors 2016, 16, 1022.

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