Hub4Everybody - New Collaborative Environment for Sharing

DOI 10.7160/aol.2022.140404
No 4/2022, December
pp. 39-52

Charvát, K., Zadražil, F., Čerba, O., Jiří Kvapil, J., Tuchyňa, M., Bindzárová Gergeľová, M., Uhlíř, P., Horáková, Š., Kollerová, M., Kubíčková, H., Košková, I., Obot, A. and Šplíchal, M. (2022) "Hub4Everybody - New Collaborative Environment for Sharing Regional Knowledge", AGRIS on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 39-52. ISSN 1804-1930. DOI 10.7160/aol.2022.140404.


Hub4Everybody is a one-of-a-kind solution for publishing, sharing and cooperative management of geographical datasets, such as professional data and measuring, results of research projects or student papers, educational materials, emotional maps, visualization of in-field research and other maps, tables, or databases. You can easily upload or update your data as well as adjust the parameters of sharing among different audiences. Hub4Everybody is an alternative tool combining online office software with an editorial system for spatial data. It is also an Open-Source alternative to already existing commercial solutions, while offering additional extending options. Hub4Everybody offers all usual functions of geoportals (working with a map, linking of external data and services) but on top of that it offers a possibility to link desktop and mobile solutions for geographical data processing, data visualisation in form of storyboard and communication components via social networks. The solution is scalable and fully adaptable to the end-user needs. You can store your data directly on Hub4Everybody cloud or in your own infrastructure. All technologies used for Hub4Everybody are open source, which enables you to communicate with all kinds of users all over the world while no costs are necessary. The paper describes not only the current system, but also the history of development and potential utilization. An intensive testing and development using a series of INSPIRE Hackathons are an important part of development.


Digital innovation hubs, social space, regional development, web mapping, spatial information, hackathon.


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