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Velopark: A Linked Open Data Platform for Bicycle Parkings

by Julián Rojas Meléndez, Pieter Colpaert, and Ruben Verborgh

Cycling as a means of urban transportation is positively correlated with cleaner, healthier and happier cities. One way to attract more cyclists, is to provide more infrastructure, such as secure parking facilities. However, authoritative information about parking facilities is heavily decentralized and heterogeneous, which makes secure parking facilities harder to discover by cyclists. Can an open dataset about bike parkings be managed decentrally? In this paper, we present the results of the Velopark project, carried out in Belgium by different actors that include local public authorities, public transport operators and pro-cycling organizations. During the project execution we (i) introduced the Open Velopark Vocabulary as a common semantic data model; and (ii) implemented the Velopark platform, an open data publishing environment for both static and live authoritative parking data. So far, 1599 parking facilities were published through the Velopark platform, 31 different Belgian municipalities and 4 parking related organizations use the platform to describe, publish and manage their parking facilities. A common data publishing environment supports organizations without a data infrastructure to provide access to their information, while following a common data model that guarantees reliable information for cyclists. In future work we will further extend our data model to cover other kinds of infrastructure and bicycle-related services.

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Published in 2020 in Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Semantics for Transport.

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@inproceedings{rojas_sem4tra_2020b,
  author = {Rojas Mel\'endez, Juli\'an and Colpaert, Pieter and Verborgh, Ruben},
  title = {Velopark: A~{Linked Open Data} Platform for Bicycle Parkings},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Semantics for Transport},
  year = 2020,
  month = jun,
}

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J. Rojas Meléndez, P. Colpaert, and R. Verborgh, “Velopark: A Linked Open Data Platform for Bicycle Parkings,” in Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Semantics for Transport, 2020.
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Julián Rojas Meléndez, Pieter Colpaert, and Ruben Verborgh. 2020. Velopark: A Linked Open Data Platform for Bicycle Parkings. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Semantics for Transport.
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Rojas Meléndez, J., Colpaert, P., Verborgh, R.: Velopark: A Linked Open Data Platform for Bicycle Parkings. In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Semantics for Transport (2020).
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Rojas Meléndez, Julián, et al. “Velopark: A Linked Open Data Platform for Bicycle Parkings.” Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Semantics for Transport, 2020.

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