ADEQUATe: A Community-Driven Approach to Improve Open Data Quality

  • Lőrinc Thurnay
  • Thomas J. Lampoltshammer
  • Sebastian Neumaier
  • Tomáš Knap
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 339)


This paper introduces the ADEQUATe project—a platform to improve the quality of open data in a community-driven fashion. First, the context of the project is discussed: the issue of quality of open data, its relevance in Austria and how ADEQUATe attempts to tackle these matters. Then the main components of the project are introduced, outlining how they support the goals of the project: Portal Watch managing monitoring, quality assessment and enhancement of data, the ADEQUATe Knowledge Base providing the backbone to the search and semantic enrichment components, the faceted Search functionality, Dataset profiles presenting an enriched overview of individual datasets to users, ADEQUATe’s GitLab instance providing the community dimension to the portal, and Odalic, a tool for semantic interpretation of tabular data. The paper is concluded with an outlook to the benefits of the project: easier data discovery, increased insight to data evolution, community engagement leading to contribution by a wider part of the population, increased transparency and democratization as well as positive feedback loops with data maintainers, public administration and the private sector.


Community engagement Open data portal Open Governmental Data Semantic web Linked data 



The ADEQUATe project is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) under the program “ICT of the Future” (grant no. 849982) between October 2015 and June 2018.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lőrinc Thurnay
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Lampoltshammer
    • 1
  • Sebastian Neumaier
    • 2
  • Tomáš Knap
    • 3
  1. 1.Danube University KremsKrems an der DonauAustria
  2. 2.Vienna University of Economics and BusinessViennaAustria
  3. 3.Semantic Web CompanyViennaAustria

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