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RE: [openny] First Ever MTA Developer Unconference - May 5th

From: Steve
Sent on: Friday, May 7, 2010 9:09 AM
Although I missed the MTA Developer Unconference, the Twitter stream and the data policies announced at the event were inspiring.  What a shift in attitude and action by the new MTA leadership (and kudos to everyone on this list who pushed them in the right direction)!
 
I've blogged about it at http://spatialityblog.com/2010/05/06/mta-data-in-gis-format/, where I've also posted links to shapefiles of the data.  The GTFS format is flexible and powerful, but I thought it would be helpful to create shapefiles for anyone who wants to display bus routes, subway stations, etc in a map layout or analyze them with GIS (and even app developers who might want a stand-alone set of map layers).  The files are yours to use as you wish.  Hope this is helpful.
 
Steve Romalewski
 

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Subject: Re: [openny] First Ever MTA Developer Unconference - May 5th
To: [address removed]
Date: Thu, 6 May[masked]:02:20 -0400

Nick Grossman did a nice write up of last night's event -

http://civichacker.openplans.org/2010/05/06/mta-developers-unconference/


On May 3, 2010, at 10:15 PM, Charles wrote:

I'm really happy about this. Good for the MTA!
If anyone on this list attends - please do send a report.

Thanks

Charles

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alexander
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Subject: Re: [openny] First Ever MTA Developer Unconference - May 5th

Hmm... If I weren't already out of town I woulda been bummed that RSVP
deadline already expired.

-Alexander

On May 3, 2010, at 2:42 AM, Matt Cooperrider wrote:

Hi Open New Yorkers,

Please see this invitation from Sarah Kaufman at the MTA:

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All,
I'm happy to announce that the MTA is hosting its first-ever
Unconference for Developers. Here are the details:


To foster collaboration between the MTA and the developer community,
an MTA Unconference for developers will hosted by Google at their
Manhattan office on May 5, 2010, from 6:30 to 10 PM. New MTA data sets
will be released and data representatives from all MTA agencies will
be on hand to answer questions.

Speakers will include:

- Jay Walder, Chairman and CEO, MTA
- Derek Gottfrid, Senior Software Architect / Product Technologist,
The New York Times
- Bernhard Seefeld, Senior Product Manager, Google Maps
- Nick Grossman, Director of Civic Works, OpenPlans (formerly The Open
Planning Project)
- Moderated by Anil Dash, Entrepreneur and Director of Expert Labs.

Dinner will be served.

Program Highlights:

- Release of new data sets
- Panel discussion about the current landscape and future of open
Transportation data and development in the New York region
- Breakout sessions with topics chosen by attendees
- A special announcement you won't want to miss!

Registration:

Please register here: http://mta.info/developers/conf.html

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Applications to
attend the MTA Unconference must be received no later than
12:01 AM on Friday, April 30th. Your application does not guarantee
attendance. Reservation confirmations, including program details, will
be emailed on April 30th.

If you're a developer and not already participating in the MTA
developer community, please join our Google Group at
http://groups.google.com/group/mtadeveloperresources

Follow news about the MTA Unconference on Twitter at #mtadev.




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