Implementing an open data system and showing its benefits
Vosough, Poorang Jr (2013)
Vosough, Poorang Jr
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Open data refers to publishing data on the web in machine-readable formats for public access. Using open data, innovative applications can be developed to facilitate people‟s lives. In this thesis, based on the open data cases (discussed in the literature review), Open Data Lappeenranta is suggested, which publishes open data related to opening hours of shops and stores in Lappeenranta City. To prove the possibility of creating Open Data Lappeenranta, the implementation of an open data system is presented in this thesis, which publishes specific data related to shops and stores (including their opening hours) on the web in standard format (JSON). The published open data is used to develop web and mobile applications to demonstrate the benefits of open data in practice. Also, the open data system provides manual and automatic interfaces which make it possible for shops and stores to maintain their own data in the system. Finally in this thesis, the completed version of Open Data Lappeenranta is proposed, which publishes open data related to other fields and businesses in Lappeenranta beyond only stores‟ data.