In the last years the concept of Open Data has emerged as a game-changing development in a number of countries. Examples include the Linking Open Data Initiative (LOD), governmental initiatives such as data.gov, data.gov.uk, publicdata.eu, or open data initiatives of international organizations such as data.worldbank.org. Open Data can improve public services, create innovation, and lead to greater transparency. In particular, making public sector data openly available to analytics solutions for quick and effective decision making is more than ever one of the core enablers of corporate growth, productivity, and a sustainable competitive advantage. While so far great progress has been made on opening data and publishing it, mechanisms that support low-cost, target-oriented, and on-demand use of open data are still missing.
To leverage the benefits of open data, fluid Operations is developing a cloud platform that will simplifiy and considerably accelerate the entire data utilization process, namely support in data discovery, self-service deployment of data sources, scalable data storage, data integration, data curation, as well as analytics and custom application development on top of the data. Implementing the Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) paradigm, the platform will facilitate data access to support ad hoc, dynamic information needs. It will allow organizations to (i) search and acquire openly available data from public Linked Data sources, (ii) to structure and prepare this data according to user requirements; and (iii) to integrate and aggregate it with local or private data for on-demand analytical applications. On the frontend side, we provide an extensible set of tools for exploring, browsing, searching and analyzing public data originating from different data providers.