Talk of the Town: Discovering Open Public Data via Voice Assistants (Short Paper)

@inproceedings{Lafia2019TalkOT,
  title={Talk of the Town: Discovering Open Public Data via Voice Assistants (Short Paper)},
  author={Sara Lafia and Jingyi Xiao and Thomas Hervey and Werner Kuhn},
  booktitle={COSIT},
  year={2019}
}
Access to public data in the United States and elsewhere has steadily increased as governments have launched geospatially-enabled web portals like Socrata, CKAN, and Esri Hub. However, data discovery in these portals remains a challenge for the average user. Differences between users’ colloquial search terms and authoritative metadata impede data discovery. For example, a motivated user with expertise can leverage valuable public data about transportation, real estate values, and crime, yet it… 

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