WeLive FAQ

This is WeLive’s FAQ. In this document you can check the most frequent questions asked by WeLive’s users.

WeLive platform and processes:

WeLive artefacts:

What is WeLife useful for?

It is a holistic solution to undertake the co-ideation, co-creation, deployment and exploitation of public service apps which truly address the needs of different stakeholders within the city. It provides a range of tools which enable citizens and other city key actors, e.g. enterprises, public administration representatives or developers, to take part in an Open Innovation process which leads to the selection of the best and most demanded urban apps concepts. Besides, it enables to assemble such apps as the result of bringing together a set of existing or newly created micro-services (building blocks) which often act as wrappers and/or process Broad Datasets coming from either Open Data repositories from cities, social networks or user-generated data generated by urban apps. Such composition can take place with the help of the Visual Composer tool. Developed apps can then be promoted and published through the WeLive marketplace. Recommendations for datasets, building blocks and apps for WeLive stakeholders are provided through the Decision Engine component.

Personal data of WeLive users is maintained and managed by the CDV (Citizen Data Vault) component. The Open Data Stack component is responsible for managing Broad Data within the project. The WeLive Player mobile app and WeLive’s web front-end offer users the possibility to browse, select, consume and execute urban apps and other artefacts, e.g. datasets and building blocks.

What is the Ideation Board?

The Ideation Board is the WeLive component that allows to enable the collaborative approach of the platform. Through the Ideation Board all the users (citizens, companies, academics, PAs) collaborate with each other to generate innovative solutions and to create novel public services.

So, the Ideation Board enables citizens to express their needs. Public administrations launch challenges to respond to the needs and the citizens pose ideas to address the challenges and vote for those more appealing ideas. PAs select the most demanded ideas that will become real innovative apps or services.

What is the Open Data Stack (ODS)?

In the Open Data Stack the datasets from Bilbao, Novi Sad, Helsinki-Uusimaa and Trento are managed. WeLive’s ODS component deals with some of the challenges associated when tackling Broad Data, i.e. the knowledge of a city in the form of multiple data sources in different formats. In particular, the ODS component addresses the:

  • Combination of social data, open government data and even user-generated data.
  • Access, integration, query and verification of heterogeneous datasets.
  • Management of data related entities: datasets, resources, data producers, data consumers, etc.

WeLive’s ODS has adapted CKAN technology, version 2.4.1, which already offers the following useful functionality for tackling Broad Data:

  • User management
  • Datasets and resources metadata management.
  • Extensible web interface
  • Extensible API access.

However, the basic functionality provided by CKAN has been extended to solve ODS specific requirements. Concretely:

  • Querying heterogeneous datasets/resources through standards SQL to streamline Broad Data consumption and prosumption.
  • Data harvesting and transformation of unstructured datasets into structured datasets.
  • Storage of Broad Data including user-generated data.
  • Periodic data verification of datasets and rating.
  • Improved authentication and theming of CKAN interface to the look and feel of WeLive’s web interface.

There is a user manual available and a public API for programmatic usage of the Open Data Stack.