How Open is Open (Redux)?O’Reilly Where ConferenceApril 3, 2012San Francisco, CA                            @urbanmapping
About Urban Mapping  !     San Francisco HQ  !     Profitable  !     10 FTEs  !     Founded (2003): Panamap  !     Print t...
2008 Recap: Denial of Data“…our overall impression of what you plan to do involves a traditional licenseagreement.”!“…inte...
2008 Recap: Denial of Data (2)                       FOIL request                       FOIL appeal                       ...
The Rise of GTFSGeneralized (nee Google) Transit Feed Specification (GTFS)September 2008: Google Transit welcomes NYC’s MT...
Those Cursed Facts                       ©               US Copyright Act (17 USC §105)                    No federal copy...
Privatization of Public Resources                          EnormaCom                                      @urbanmapping
Privatization of Public Resources 2.0     Gov as a        data.gov!!     platform!                                  More w...
Business By Legislative Fiat (Extortion)                                           @urbanmapping
Kinder, Less Evil Approach (Extortion by Other Means)                                       Google Transit             +! ...
Bagelocracy              @urbanmapping
Knee Jerk Reactions                      @urbanmapping
As Open As A Clenched Fist                             @urbanmapping
Thank YouIan WhiteUrban Mapping Incian@urbanmapping.com  @urbanmapping
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How Open Is Open (Redux)?

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Five years after his original talk about open access to transit data, Urban Mapping CEO Ian White laments the state of affairs around public access to government data and private parties manipulating what it means to have a public resource.

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How Open Is Open (Redux)?

  1. 1. How Open is Open (Redux)?O’Reilly Where ConferenceApril 3, 2012San Francisco, CA @urbanmapping
  2. 2. About Urban Mapping !   San Francisco HQ !   Profitable !   10 FTEs !   Founded (2003): Panamap !   Print to data (2005): Neighborhoods, public transit !   Data to software (2008): Web mapping + data on-demand 2008 2005 2003 @urbanmapping
  3. 3. 2008 Recap: Denial of Data“…our overall impression of what you plan to do involves a traditional licenseagreement.”!“…interested only in subway entrances as indicated on on the map.”!“…we cannot release MTA neighborhood maps…”!“…it’s unclear to me how they can be ‘un-released,’especially given that largeformat maps exist in each station and the very public nature of subway exits.”! @urbanmapping
  4. 4. 2008 Recap: Denial of Data (2) FOIL request FOIL appeal Lawsuit (Rankin v DoITT) “It would be very useful to a terrorist group to have precise information and details regarding the location of subway entrances and exits.”! -Chief of Counterterrorism, NYPD 2009 Lawsuit (Rankin v NYCTA) Sought PDFs for ~140 station plans (265 were already posted online) @urbanmapping
  5. 5. The Rise of GTFSGeneralized (nee Google) Transit Feed Specification (GTFS)September 2008: Google Transit welcomes NYC’s MTAJan 2009: MTA schedule data license fees 10% of net revenuesFeb 2009: no fees, do what you like @urbanmapping
  6. 6. Those Cursed Facts © US Copyright Act (17 USC §105) No federal copyright @urbanmapping
  7. 7. Privatization of Public Resources EnormaCom @urbanmapping
  8. 8. Privatization of Public Resources 2.0 Gov as a data.gov!! platform! More with Gov 2.0! Open less! government! @urbanmapping
  9. 9. Business By Legislative Fiat (Extortion) @urbanmapping
  10. 10. Kinder, Less Evil Approach (Extortion by Other Means) Google Transit +! Public GTFS @urbanmapping
  11. 11. Bagelocracy @urbanmapping
  12. 12. Knee Jerk Reactions @urbanmapping
  13. 13. As Open As A Clenched Fist @urbanmapping
  14. 14. Thank YouIan WhiteUrban Mapping Incian@urbanmapping.com @urbanmapping

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