»Open City Database« of Fraunhofer FOKUS supports the development of smart city apps
News from June 24, 2014
The Open City Database (OCDB) is an open source database for any smart city related data, e.g. points of interest, open city data and related media from various sources. In addition to the database functionalities OCDB also supports the handling of the (Open) City data for apps.
Besides its database functionality the OCDB provides a comprehensive API to create, modify and request data sets for their integration with smart city guide apps or any other application or service that may take advantage of open city data. The OCDB has been developed in the context of the Future Internet content initiative supported by the European Commission.
The OCDB is designed to build the backend basis for cross platform apps (e.g. mobile web apps) that make use of open tourist and open city data. Applications can access the OCDB data using the REST endpoint. The data format used by OCDB and exposed through the API is JSON. Even user-generated content (UGC) through bespoke apps as well as further open data (e.g. DBpedia) can be managed by the OCDB.
The FIcontent initiative has been developing in the context of the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) programme supported by the European Commission. Our core activity is to deliver a common technical platform that application providers can use to build, host and operate content applications for their end users. It offers interested developers and SMEs runtime containers and a catalogue of homogeneous APIs to use.