The first official release of NYCFacets is now available. NYCFacets is a Smart Open Data Exchange that catalogs all New York City (NYC)-related datasources.
Unlike a traditional data exchange, it not only catalogs metadata, it also extracts extrametada – additional metadata derived using semantics, statistics, algorithm & the crowd. It uses this extrametadata to score each datasource from various perspectives, automatically correlate them, and in the near future, perform semi-automatic domain mapping.
NYCFacets was created in response to NYC’s ambitious, multi-year roadmap to become the premier Digital City of the Future. A critical part of this roadmap calls for exposing as much City Data as possible through an API so that businesses and entrepreneurs can build innovative Smart City solutions.
Even at this early stage however, when only a small fraction of NYC Data has been exposed, it has become apparent that navigating this rich datasource required a robust Discovery, Query Federation, and Semantic Integration mechanism. NYCFacets fill this immediate need for the developer community.
This early version covers all 850+ datasets in NYC’s Open Data Catalog.
By Summer 2012, it will be expanded to cover additional NYC-related datasources outside the catalog, including traditional relational databases, APIs and Linked Data sources. It will also catalog apps and websites that use these datasources – effectively becoming a discovery mechanism for NYC-related apps and websites as well.
Ontodia is a semantic technology startup especializing in the Smart City space. NYCFacets is its first offering, where it makes extensive use of Ontoprise technologies to build Smart City tools and solutions. It differentiates its “Smart” solutions through a process it calls “Crowdknowing”
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