There are multiple solutions to find buildings which are accessible to people in wheelchairs. However, current solutions have a lot of issues: they aren't user-friendly, reliable, up-to-date or don't provide all the required building measurement.
AccessFlanders aims to change this by developing a user-friendly web application which uses Linked Open Data and aggregates multiple data sources. Users can search for buildings and filter them based on their specific needs like for example wheelchair width. By doing so,we make accessibility information really accessible.
Today, accessibility data of public buildings is everywhere but it is not always properly published, let alone linked to each other. /p>
The Smart Flanders team demonstrates a new way for cities to publish data about public buildings. Using a form, the city can describe aspects of an address. Our tool then transforms this to linked open data and generates a JSON-LD snippet which can be published on the city’s website and used by search engines to reuse the information on the city’s website.
Our priority for this project was to make a user friendly web app to facilitate the experience of a user when he wants to get accessibility data of a public building.
We did build an interactive map where the users can search for public buildings and get extra information about the accessibility of that building: is there an elevator, what’s the width of the door, etc.
On first load of the web application it starts loading in the available linked open data from the SmartFlanders master catalog.
This data will be shown to the user in the sidebar as either a building or just a public service (this happens if there is public service information available but linked to a building that is not available). If it is a building its location will be put on the map via a marker.
See more on the handover document.
We deployed a proof-of-concept to convince cities to publish their data as Linked Open Data, so for that we made a blog to help the ones how what to make their own Linked Open Data, and also a form to help you make your Linked Open Data without any knowledge about the subject
Our tool uses the bouwregister of the flemish government to lookup buildings. Based on the address of that building we query the ToeVla database and add information the building file. This tool is an example of the possilbities of linked open data, we hope you can use this as an inspiration source for futher projects concerning linked open data
Another one of our missions was to make Linked Open Data as easy as baking a cake for the people who ought to implement it. If you are one of the people who has been ordered to use it without believing in it do not fear.
We will convince you of its power and might and make sure that after this guide you will see light were there once was darkness.View blog