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 …

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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  • 1. How Open is Open (Redux)?O’Reilly Where ConferenceApril 3, 2012San Francisco, CA @urbanmapping
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Those Cursed Facts © US Copyright Act (17 USC §105) No federal copyright @urbanmapping
  • 7. Privatization of Public Resources EnormaCom @urbanmapping
  • 8. Privatization of Public Resources 2.0 Gov as a data.gov!! platform! More with Gov 2.0! Open less! government! @urbanmapping
  • 9. Business By Legislative Fiat (Extortion) @urbanmapping
  • 10. Kinder, Less Evil Approach (Extortion by Other Means) Google Transit +! Public GTFS @urbanmapping
  • 11. Bagelocracy @urbanmapping
  • 12. Knee Jerk Reactions @urbanmapping
  • 13. As Open As A Clenched Fist @urbanmapping
  • 14. Thank YouIan WhiteUrban Mapping Incian@urbanmapping.com @urbanmapping