MASSDOT DEVELOPERS
                          Chris Dempsey and Joshua Robin
                     Massachusetts Department ...
WHAT IS MassDOT?
• The Massachusetts Department of
  Transportation has oversight of:
    – MBTA
    – State Highways and ...
IF YOU TRIED TO BUILD A TRANSPORTATION
APPLICATION 6 MONTHS AGO…

• Beg MassDOT or one of its agencies for data
• Scrape d...
NEW MODEL: OPEN DATA
• “Open” MassDOT data by making it available in
  standard formats
    – RSS, XML, GTFS, etc.
• Harne...
EOT DEVELOPERS PAGE BETA
• July 2009, EOT launches the EOT Developers
  as a resource to developers interested in
  workin...
A NEW APPROACH
• In addition to opening data, EOT Developers efforts
  strive to engage the developer community in a new
 ...
A NEW APPROACH

      “This approach is a smart 21st-
      century alternative to hiring some
     consultant who develop...
EOT+DEVELOPERS: RELATIONSHIP PRINCIPLES

•Respect Resources
•Succeed Together
•Expect Change

For the full Relationship Pr...
EOT+DEVELOPERS: RELATIONSHIP PRINCIPLES

•Communication is key
•Open, open, open
•Legal
    – Read the Developers License ...
WHAT DATA IS AVAILABLE?
• MBTA
   – T-Alerts feed
      •Service advisories and updates
   – GTFS Files
      •Files with ...
WHAT DATA IS AVAILABLE?
• Highway
   – Highway construction events xml feed.
      •Feed of planned road closures and othe...
GOOGLE TRANSIT




http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers   Twitter @MassDOTdev   12
WHAT IS GOOGLE TRANSIT?
• Google Transit is a transit trip-planner integrated
  into Google Maps.
• Free and available to ...
WHY IS GOOGLE TRANSIT IMPORTANT?
• GTFS is a rapidly-developing international standard
  for trip-planning (more than 400 ...
THE RESULT?
• Existing and new transit users have better
  information about our services.
• We are close to our long-soug...
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO WITH GTFS DATA?
• Because GTFS has become an international
  standard, this data can be used by more t...
APPS TO DATE




 MassTransit:                        To a T:                   RMV Wait Times:
 http://bit.ly/hmQ2R      ...
MAKING AN IMPACT
“Open data” does not mean much to most
  people…
  …but most people want to know when
  the bus, train or...
LONG TERM GOAL: REAL TIME
• At this time, most available data is static
  data such as routes and schedules
• Long-term, o...
LONG TERM GOAL: REAL TIME
• Real time data on locations and speed of
  buses will allow developers to create many
  intere...
REAL TIME: CURRENT MODEL




           1                           2                   3
http://www.mass.gov/eot/develope...
REAL TIME: IMPACT OF OPEN DATA
1: Open Real Time Data and
see what happens…




http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers   Twitt...
WHAT’S NEXT: DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE
• Saturday, November 14th
• Opportunity for developers to meet other
  developers, tran...
WHAT’S NEXT: DEVELOPERS CHALLENGE
• The Challenge calls on developers to create both
  applications and data visualization...
JOIN US/SPREAD THE WORD
• Website: http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers
• Twitter: @massdotdev
• Google Group: http://groups...
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  1. 1. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS Chris Dempsey and Joshua Robin Massachusetts Department of Transportation http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers @massDOTdev http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 1
  2. 2. WHAT IS MassDOT? • The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has oversight of: – MBTA – State Highways and Massachusetts Turnpike – Registry of Motor Vehicles – Aeronautics Division – Regional Transit Authorities – Relationship with MassPort http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 2
  3. 3. IF YOU TRIED TO BUILD A TRANSPORTATION APPLICATION 6 MONTHS AGO… • Beg MassDOT or one of its agencies for data • Scrape data yourself • Jump through hoops to get data in digital formats – Worry about how that data is kept up to date when schedules change • Worry that even when you release a successful application, MassDOT/MBTA would object http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 3
  4. 4. NEW MODEL: OPEN DATA • “Open” MassDOT data by making it available in standard formats – RSS, XML, GTFS, etc. • Harness the power of developers to build interesting and useful applications with our data – Creates value for both transportation agencies AND developers • Better serve customers across many platforms http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 4
  5. 5. EOT DEVELOPERS PAGE BETA • July 2009, EOT launches the EOT Developers as a resource to developers interested in working with transportation data! http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 5
  6. 6. A NEW APPROACH • In addition to opening data, EOT Developers efforts strive to engage the developer community in a new and different way – A focus on allowing developers to shape the direction this effort takes – Monthly meeting with developers – An open conversation through the MassDOT Developers Google Group – Use of Twitter for updates @MassDOTdev http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 6
  7. 7. A NEW APPROACH “This approach is a smart 21st- century alternative to hiring some consultant who develops inelegant software at exorbitant costs.” Boston Globe, Saturday, September 5, 2009 http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 7
  8. 8. EOT+DEVELOPERS: RELATIONSHIP PRINCIPLES •Respect Resources •Succeed Together •Expect Change For the full Relationship Principles Document visit: http://bit.ly/massdotdevrelationship http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 8
  9. 9. EOT+DEVELOPERS: RELATIONSHIP PRINCIPLES •Communication is key •Open, open, open •Legal – Read the Developers License Agreement: http://bit.ly/massdotdevdla http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 9
  10. 10. WHAT DATA IS AVAILABLE? • MBTA – T-Alerts feed •Service advisories and updates – GTFS Files •Files with route and scheduling information –For Rail, Bus, Subway, Boat – KML Files •Station Locations and Routes • RTAs – GTFS Files – Real-time tracking http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 10
  11. 11. WHAT DATA IS AVAILABLE? • Highway – Highway construction events xml feed. •Feed of planned road closures and other events. • Registry of Motor Vehicles – Branch wait-time feed • EOT Blog – News and Updates about EOT http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 11
  12. 12. GOOGLE TRANSIT http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 12
  13. 13. WHAT IS GOOGLE TRANSIT? • Google Transit is a transit trip-planner integrated into Google Maps. • Free and available to the public at www.google.com. • Provides schedule information (not real-time) for publicly accessible transportation services. • Includes locations of stations and stops. • Multi-modal: users can also search driving directions and walking directions. http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 13
  14. 14. WHY IS GOOGLE TRANSIT IMPORTANT? • GTFS is a rapidly-developing international standard for trip-planning (more than 400 transit systems use it on six continents). • Our riders expect it and will use it! • Constantly updated, at no cost to public agencies. • Integrated with other information (shopping, restaurants, health-care, schools, etc). • Free to users AND agencies. http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 14
  15. 15. THE RESULT? • Existing and new transit users have better information about our services. • We are close to our long-sought-after goal of a statewide transit trip planner. http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 15
  16. 16. WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO WITH GTFS DATA? • Because GTFS has become an international standard, this data can be used by more than just Google. • Hosting this data publicly unlocks the creativity and entrepreneurialism of third-party developers who can be our partners in sharing information about transit services. http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 16
  17. 17. APPS TO DATE MassTransit: To a T: RMV Wait Times: http://bit.ly/hmQ2R http://bit.ly/2ajqVt http://tinyurl.com/massrmv http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 17
  18. 18. MAKING AN IMPACT “Open data” does not mean much to most people… …but most people want to know when the bus, train or ferry is going to arrive. • We need to spread the word about these applications and open data! –The more people ask for open data and transportation applications, the easier opening more data becomes! http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 18
  19. 19. LONG TERM GOAL: REAL TIME • At this time, most available data is static data such as routes and schedules • Long-term, our goal is to make real time data public • Many challenges exist http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 19
  20. 20. LONG TERM GOAL: REAL TIME • Real time data on locations and speed of buses will allow developers to create many interesting and useful applications – Possibilities are already being realized in other cities • These applications will create a great possibility to increase public transportation use and change the way people use transit http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 20
  21. 21. REAL TIME: CURRENT MODEL 1 2 3 http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 21
  22. 22. REAL TIME: IMPACT OF OPEN DATA 1: Open Real Time Data and see what happens… http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 22
  23. 23. WHAT’S NEXT: DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE • Saturday, November 14th • Opportunity for developers to meet other developers, transportation officials, and other interested parties http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 23
  24. 24. WHAT’S NEXT: DEVELOPERS CHALLENGE • The Challenge calls on developers to create both applications and data visualizations – Applications for mobile, web, and other formats. – Visualizations using EOT Developers data to tell the story of the MBTA. • The top two submissions will receive prizes and recognition at the Developers Conference • The initiative is part of the Patrick Administration’s commitment to comprehensive transportation reform and creating a modern, efficient, and customer-friendly transportation system http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Twitter @MassDOTdev 24
  25. 25. JOIN US/SPREAD THE WORD • Website: http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers • Twitter: @massdotdev • Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/massdotdevelopers • Contact: Joshua.Robin@eot.state.ma.us http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers - Twitter @MassDOTdev 25
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