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MassDOT Developers Presentation - December 2009

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  • 1. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS Chris Dempsey and Joshua Robin Massachusetts Department of Transportation Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 2. SIX MONTHS AGO: MassDOT and its customers want mobile + web applications with info about transit and roads. MassDOT builds its own app: Developers try to build their own: •Long procurement •Beg MassDOT for data •Only one application and one •Scrape data yourself audience served •Jump through hoops to get data in •Limited agility to improve the app digital formats long term. •Worry that even when you release a successful application, MassDOT would object Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 3. NEW MODEL: OPEN DATA •“Open” MassDOT data by making it available in standard formats •RSS, XML, GTFS, etc. •Easy: All data released with the initial Developer Page launch was already available in standard formats and required no work to be “public ready” •Harness the power of developers to build interesting and useful applications with our data •Creates value for both MassDOT AND developers •Better serve customers across many platforms Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 4. OLD MODEL MassDOT and other agencies distribute information about planned road closures or highway events. 3rd Parties distribute this information on TV, Radio, and Websites. Third parties add value to our data by watching traffic cameras, flying helicopters, and have members of the public giving real-time reports. Our customers access this data through their TVs, Car Radios, and over the internet.
  • 5. NEW MODEL: NOT THAT NEW… MassDOT, the MBTA, and other agencies distribute service information and advisories through the developers page and feeds. 3rd Parties distribute through applications on mobile devices and the web. Third parties add value by presenting service information in a way that is simple and easy for the public to understand. Our customers access service information through the web of mobile devices.
  • 6. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS PAGE BETA July 2009, MassDOT launches the MassDOT Developers as a resource to developers interested in working with transportation data! http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 7. WHAT DATA IS AVAILABLE? • RTAs – GTFS Files – Real-time tracking • MassDOT Highways – Highway construction events xml feed. •Feed of planned road closures and other events. • Registry of Motor Vehicles – Branch wait-time XML feed Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 8. WHAT DATA IS AVAILABLE? • MBTA – T-Alerts RSS Feed •Service advisories and updates – GTFS Files •Files with route and scheduling information – KML Files •Station Locations and Routes –NextBus •Real Time Pilot XML Feed Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 9. WHY GTFS IS IMPORTANT •Easy place to start: Our agencies were already exporting data into GTFS for Google Transit •GTFS is a rapidly-developing international standard for trip-planning (more than 400 transit systems use it on six continents). •Transit app developer expect it and will use it! •There is already a large market of apps that use GTFS data. Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 10. A NEW APPROACH: DEVELOPER OUTREACH In addition to opening data, MassDOT Developers efforts strive to engage the developer community in a new and different way: •Monthly meeting with developers •A focus on allowing developers to shape the direction this effort takes beginning with a set of relationship principles •An open conversation through the MassDOT Developers Google Group •Use of Twitter for updates @MassDOTdev •Developers Conference Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 11. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS MEETINGS The MassDOT Developers hold regular developer meetings to: •Answer developer questions and address developer concerns. •Let developers know about new data sets. •Get to know the developer community •So they trust us •So we know what they are up to •Socialize and network •MassDOT Developers Holiday Party Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 12. DEVELOPER RELATIONSHIP PRINCIPLES •Respect Resources •Succeed Together •Expect Change •Communication is key •Open, open, open •Legal See the full document at: http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 13. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS GOOGLE GROUP •MassDOT launched a Google Group as a forum for Developers: – Gives MassDOT an open forum for announcements and to answer questions and concerns. – Allows developers to answer each others questions. – A forum for collaboration. Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 14. A NEW APPROACH “This approach is a smart 21st-century alternative to hiring some consultant who develops inelegant software at exorbitant costs.” Boston Globe Editorial, Saturday, September 5, 2009 Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 15. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS CHALLNEGE • The MassDOT Developer Challenge called 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 submission in each category received a CharlieCard good for 1 year of rides on the MBTA and recognition at the Developers Conference Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 16. DEVELOPER CHALLENGE RESULTS •6 innovative applications with at least 2 more in development •8 creative visualizations that tell the story of the MBTA. Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 17. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: APPLICATIONS Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 18. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: APPLICATIONS Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 19. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: APPLICATIONS
  • 20. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: APPLICATIONS
  • 21. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: APPLICATIONS
  • 22. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: APPLICATIONS Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 23. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: APPLICATIONS Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 24. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: APPLICATIONS Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 25. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: APPLICATIONS Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 26. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: APPLICATIONS Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 27. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: VISUALIZATION
  • 28. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: VISUALIZATION
  • 29. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: VISUALIZATION
  • 30. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: VISUALIZATION
  • 31. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS: VISUALIZATION
  • 32. MASSDOT DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE •200+ Attended the MassDOT Developers Conference on November 14 at MIT. •Opportunity for developers to meet other developers, transportation officials, and other interested parties Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 33. www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 34. POSITIVE COVERAGE Finishing up a project at work. Grabbing coffee. Charging a cell phone. Staying warm for a few extra minutes at home. These are some things MBTA bus passengers may often forgo to make sure they don't miss their buses. But those inconveniences could soon become a thing of the past thanks to a new T initiative that makes public real- time bus data. - BOSTON METRO – November 16, 2009 Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 35. POSITIVE COVERAGE “The best of the brightest of techies—in sneakers and with laptops, instead of suits and legal pads—turned out for a conference on how MassDOT and technology developers could work together to provide cutting-edge services to taxpayers (hello, iPhone apps) at virtually no cost.” - WEEKLY DIG – November 18, 2009 Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 36. LONG TERM GOAL: REAL TIME • MassDOT’s long-term goal is to release and support a system-wide real-time data feed. •MassDOT Real-Time XML Feed Pilot underway for 5 bus routes. – Provided by NextBus, inc. • These applications have the potential to change the way people use transit. Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 37. MBTA REAL TIME XML TRIAL REAL TIME BUS FEED AVAILABLE FOR ROUTES: 39, 111, 114, 116, 117 DATA AVAILABLE AT: http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers/realtime/ Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 38. REAL TIME: CURRENT MODEL 3 Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 39. REAL TIME: IMPACT OF OPEN DATA 3: Open Real Time Data and see what happens… Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 40. IN ONE HOUR… A Google Earth Mashup was created to show the locations of buses:
  • 41. IN ONE DAY… A Google maps Mashup was created to show the locations of buses:
  • 42. IN ONE WEEK… A MAC desktop widget was built displaying MBTA Bus countdown information:
  • 43. IN TWO WEEKS… A simple web application was built displaying MBTA Bus countdown information:
  • 44. IN ONE MONTH… An LED sign was build showing real-time bus countdown information: •This signs cost $300 to build and the inventor is looking to put this sign in a Jamaica Plain business
  • 45. IN FIVE WEEKS… An iPhone application was built using real-time information. •The app received positive coverage on NECN and a story in the Boston Herald.
  • 46. EXAMPLE: PORTLAND, OR
  • 47. EXAMPLE: PORTLAND, OR
  • 48. EXAMPLE: CHICAGO, IL Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 49. EXAMPLE: CHICAGO, IL Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 50. EXAMPLE: CHICAGO, IL Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 51. EXAMPLE: CHICAGO, IL
  • 52. EXAMPLE: CHICAGO, IL Community Advertisement
  • 53. EXAMPLE: CHICAGO, IL Community Advertisement Real-Time Bus Arrival
  • 54. FOR $ 300 IN 24 HOURS Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 55. NEXT STEPS FOR MASSDOTDEV •Improve MBTA T-Alerts RSS Feed •Encourage use of Real-Time XML Trial Feed •Encourage diverse applications that serve a wide range of users. •Investigate opening up real-time information beyond Trial Feed. Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  • 56. CONTACT US • Website: http://www.mass.gov/eot/developers • Twitter: @massdotdev • Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/massdotdevelopers • Email: joshua.robin@state.ma.us Follow MassDOT Developers on at @massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com

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