The DataTank (xplore+) – iRail Blog

The DataTank (xplore+)

Jeroen, Jan

“The DataTank is a lightweight data publishing platform written in PHP. The purpose of The DataTank is to open up data without taking over control of the data. In fact, The DataTank will never save your data in the framework itself but it will, however, save meta-data about the resources it has to open. The true use for end-users of The DataTank is that they can access static files, such as CSV, XLS, SHP, etc. through a RESTful API built on those dataresources. App developers, for example, won’t have to bother anymore about downloading that darn Excel file over and over again, parsing it and using it in their app. That medieval way of working is over, as they can now open it up with The DataTank and access those files with a RESTful webcall.”