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Fwd: Fwd: [transit-developers] Introducing

From: Nicholas B.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 5:48 PM
Just launched today, a new site that catalogs both what agencies have
opened up their data and what apps have been written for those regions.
It's still not fully public, as they're still looking for feedback and
for people to add apps to the site before launching it officially. 


--- Begin forwarded message from Brandon Martin-Anderson ---
From: Brandon Martin-Anderson <[address removed]>
To: transit-developers <[address removed]>
Date: Wed, 02 Dec[masked]:42:23 -0500
Subject: [transit-developers]­ Introducing

Hey transit dev-folk,

Open transit data has come a long, long way in the last two years.
Several world-class agencies, including Los Angeles Metro, San
Francisco Muni, Washington Metro, and the Massachusetts Bay Transit
Authority, representing over 8 billion passenger miles served
annually, have gone on the record as publicly supporting and
publishing open data.

That's the good news. Here's the bad news - The New York MTA,
including the subway, the bus system, and the long island railroad,
which serve nearly 16 billion passenger miles per year combined, are
completely closed. Out of the 757-odd transit agencies in the national
transit database, 677 agencies do not publish open data. The push for
open data has started strong, but there's a lot of work left to do.

We here at Front Seat have been working on a site which advocates for
open transit data by showing transit riders and transit agencies all
the goodness that comes of opening up. It started as "opentransitdata"
but ended up with a much more catchy name - CityGoRound. The idea is
to provide a searchable directory of all transit apps and other
interesting innovations built on open data. We also keep track of
every transit agency, and whether they're publishing open data or not.
If the user searches for apps in an open district like San Francisco,
they get a bunch of awesome apps. If a user searches for transit apps
in an area where the transit agency does not publish open data, then
the user sees a big fat Fail and is encouraged to pass on their
dissatisfaction to the transit agency in question.

Here's where you all come in: we need to add all your apps. We figure
there's hundreds of 'em, and we want them all. The site is here, with
a temporary HTTPAuth password protection:

username: transit
password: appsnearyou

A few notes:
(1) We want to get the app directory filled up before we go telling
the general public, so please hold off on blogging about it until next
(2) If your app is already in there, go ahead and re-enter it and
we'll delete our duplicate.
(3) There's a five-star rating system for apps. Please use it. We need
to populate those ratings.
(4) The whole thing is open source, hosted on github.

Finally, of course, we would love your feedback.

Happy apping,

--- End forwarded message ---

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