Maintainers of 52°North web services currently have no information about the usage of their web services. User tracking is an important tool to understand user interest, requirements, and to ensure web services are working properly. But for OGC services, mere web usage statistics are not sufficient. They lack the thematic information. An administrator of a 52°North SOS does not know what the “most common” requested procedures are and when people are requesting data for which area and time frame. Are users mostly interested in the last week, or do they request historical data as well? Which sensor stations rarely get any queries?
Archives for May 2015
Linked Open Data (LOD) is a set of best practices for publishing raw data on the Web. It makes your data highly structured and very easy to incorporate with the other datasets.
The enviroCar platform has a large and varied amount of data describing different entities and can currently be served as Linked Open Data with a detailed API reference here. There are many entities involved, such as cars, people, speed, dates and so on. If these entities are served as Linked Open Data, they can be very easily connected to datasets which describe them, such as DBpedia.
One of the Google Summer of Code 2015 projects offered by 52°North is “Social Driving Stats”. It is a sub project related to 52°North’s enviroCar project. I will be working on this project under the mentoring of Dr.Christoph Stasch and Matthes Rieke. enviroCar offers a citizen science platform for collecting, analyzing, sharing and discussing car sensor data. Sharing specific tracks or statistics is currently not possible with enviroCar. The Social Driving Stats project aims to enhance the enviroCar with sharing facilities and social media links by implementing a REST interface for creating and providing track visualizations and statistics. Furthermore, enviroCar should be linked to social networks, such as Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter. Therefore, this project will utilize the APIs of these platforms and integrate them within the user profile pages of enviroCar.