In conjunction with 36th International Conference on Software Engineering Hyderabad, India; May 31-June 4, 2014
Workshop is confirmed for 01-June-2014
Papers should be submitted on Easychair here.
Arrangements are being made to have all accepted papers appear in ACM Digital Library.
[2 June 2014] Workshop proceedings and working notes are now available on the site. The event is now closed.
Open Government Data is a recent and rapidly growing phenomenon. Governments are increasingly taking initiatives to make their data available online in open formats and under licenses that allow use, reuse & redistribution of government data. More than two hundred open data catalogs exist for cities, state and federal governments that have made their data publicly available. Prominent among them are London (UK), Chicago (USA), Washington DC (USA), Dublin (Ireland), USA (data.gov), India (data.gov.in) and Kenya (opendata.go.ke). Some of these agencies have also opened up their data as a platform encouraging development of applications for public good. There is a World Wide Web Consortium’s working group on Government Linked Data (W3C GLD WG) specifically to promote usage of open data programmatically with web standards.
The second theme is web programming. Services Oriented Architecture technologies like Web Services have simplified application integration across organizations and over the web in the past (2003-2008). However, their adoption in practice was somewhat limited due to plethora of middleware technologies to assemble such services (SOAP, JMS, UDDI, .Net). Recently, this has seen a shift with mass-scale adoption of web standards (HTTP, JSON, REST) for integration leading to reduction of the entry barrier. Consequently, web application development has become democratized with more situational applications being developed by non-programmers at higher levels of abstractions. Specifically, applications are being developed (composed) from available services with the aim to quickly prototype a capability following standard patterns of data (resource) access. If the application is found useful, a new application is built with more robust constituent services by the same or more trained developer later. Sites like programmableweb.com are promoting such simplified web-programming model.
The third theme is sustainability as a domain to build useful and analytical applications that improve citizens’ quality of life. As human population increases and resources become scarce, there is an increasing challenge faced by governments about how to promote better usage of what we have. The scientific community has responded to these challenges by promoting the computational sustainability vision where resources consumed by a city, such as water, energy, land, food and air, can be monitored to know the accurate present picture and then optimized for resource efficiency without degrading quality of services it provides -traffic movement, water availability, sanitation, public safety, etc. Industry has joined the vision with a “smart” or “intelligent” prefix for cyber-physical systems, which involve sensing the data through physical instruments, interconnecting and integrating them from multiple sources and analyzing them for intelligent patterns.
The trends are converging. In this context, the aims of the workshop are to:
We encourage submissions that deal with topics involved in building web or mobile programs (applications and APIs) leveraging open data. Special preference will be given to contributions that go beyond open to other data sources (e.g., enterprise) and drive citizen centric decisions.
Topics of interest include, but not restricted to, are:
The official workshop proceedings can be found in the ACM Digital library here. (Note: due to publication deadlines, not all papers are here but listed at this site.)
[1 June 2014]
It was a hectic day of high-quality discussion around IWP topics - open data, APIs and how to build high-quality social applications. By the end, it became clear that developer community should adopt libraries and best practices that promote security, performance and usability. The reason it was not emphasised was because most of the apps were not planned for commercial success when customers demand it.
2. Session 2
- Paper on Full Community Engagement & Open Government Data: An Indian Case Study was done by Biplav
Panel Participants - Winners of India's OpenDataApps Hackathon (Announced Feb 2014)
Dr. Biplav Srivastava, IBM Research - India, New Delhi
• Dr. Ullas Nambiar, EMC, India
• Arjun Natarajan, IBM Research, USA
• Florian Pinel, IBM Research, USA
• Dr. Sugata Ghosal, IBM Research – India
• Pankaj Dhoolia, IBM Research – India
• Bob Schloss, IBM Research, USA
• Dr. Maja Vukovic, IBM Research, USA
• Dr. Tope Omitola, University of Southampton, UK
• Prof. Mark Fox, University of Toronto, Canada
• Prof. Aditya Ghose, University of Wollongong, Australia
• Pramod Anantharam, Wright State University, USA
• D P Misra, NIC, India
• Prof. Deepak Khemani, IIT Madras, India
• Dr. John Breslin, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland