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Informed Rural Passenger
Pete Edwards, John Nelson, Yaji
Sripada, Caitlin Cottrill, David Corsar, Paul
Gault, Christopher ...
Informed Rural Passenger

Rural RTPI – lack of information
infrastructure

Travellers desire:
• Real time information.
• A...
A Passenger Information Ecosystem
 Can we leverage Open Data?
 What is available?
 How can it be used?

 Can we use mo...
Information Ecosystem
Clients

Services
Timetable

User

Location
Observation

Sensor

Disruption

Quality

Provenance

Da...
GetThere Bus
 Android App
 View bus routes & timetable
 View bus locations
 Timetable (operator
provided)
 Real-time ...
Impact
 Development of expertise and knowledge
 Strong interface between Transport Studies, Computing Science.

 Collab...
Next Steps
 Social media:
 Public transport service providers currently communicate with customers via
such networks as ...
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The Informed Rural Passenger Project 2014

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Updated overview of the Informed Rural Passenger Project at the dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub at the University of Aberdeen.

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The Informed Rural Passenger Project 2014

  1. 1. Informed Rural Passenger Pete Edwards, John Nelson, Yaji Sripada, Caitlin Cottrill, David Corsar, Paul Gault, Christopher Baillie, Milan Markovic, Konstantinos Papangelis David Corsar dcorsar@abdn.ac.uk
  2. 2. Informed Rural Passenger Rural RTPI – lack of information infrastructure Travellers desire: • Real time information. • Accurate, timely, & personalised disruption information. • Information on alternatives. David Corsar dcorsar@abdn.ac.uk
  3. 3. A Passenger Information Ecosystem  Can we leverage Open Data?  What is available?  How can it be used?  Can we use mobile devices and crowd-sourcing to help fill information infrastructure ‘voids’?  Passengers provide information to the system for benefit of others.  How can we address such issues as provenance and data quality? David Corsar dcorsar@abdn.ac.uk
  4. 4. Information Ecosystem Clients Services Timetable User Location Observation Sensor Disruption Quality Provenance Datasets NaPTAN Timetable User Infrastructure Observation Disruption Ontologies Transit LinkedGeoData User FOAF SIOC Transport Sensors David Corsar dcorsar@abdn.ac.uk SSN Travel Disruption Qual-O Prov-O
  5. 5. GetThere Bus  Android App  View bus routes & timetable  View bus locations  Timetable (operator provided)  Real-time (crowdsourced)  Available for routes in Scottish Borders  https://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=1Wgn-pMJAHA David Corsar dcorsar@abdn.ac.uk
  6. 6. Impact  Development of expertise and knowledge  Strong interface between Transport Studies, Computing Science.  Collaboration with key partners  Anticipated benefits  Passengers have access to real time travel information in rural areas  Policy implications: UK open data agenda  Various public engagement activities  New knowledge and scientific advancement  2 int. journal, 21 int. conferences/workshops  14 of which are interdisciplinary David Corsar dcorsar@abdn.ac.uk
  7. 7. Next Steps  Social media:  Public transport service providers currently communicate with customers via such networks as Twitter  Allows for public sharing of:  Comments  Complaints  News  Information  Research questions:  How can this data be incorporated into the broader public transport ecosystem?  How can useful information be obtained from social media to:  Improve the passenger experience  Provide benefit to the transport operator  What methods should be explored in terms of annotating, sharing, and analysing obtained data? David Corsar dcorsar@abdn.ac.uk

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