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iRail and OpenData

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Presentation at the first HackDemocracy meetup in Brussels, December 2010.

Presented by @pietercolpaert

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iRail and OpenData

  1. 1. iRail and open data @pietercolpaertHack democracy
  2. 2. 5 minutes● Scraping● The law● Project problems
  3. 3. Why?
  4. 4. Really no other option?DONT wait ● For big forms to be filled in ● For officials to respond DONT talk too much about your ideas DO
  5. 5. A Lot Of Laws
  6. 6. Different explanations for scraping● Legal: «show data, differently» (~Browser)● +/-: «already public data»● Illegal: «steal data»
  7. 7. Public transport: iRail● Second database law ● Result of activity = no copyright● Others dont agree? ● iRail vzw/asbl/npo supports you!
  8. 8. But!Who caresabout laws?
  9. 9. Web2.0: If people like it Its okay!Just be awesome
  10. 10. Design problems
  11. 11. So much choice!● Java servlets● PHP● Perl● Python● ...
  12. 12. ?● Limit dirtiness?● How modular?● Reusability?
  13. 13. Help each other!● API ● one time job ● Open source – Everyone helps fixing● Patch «the» system!
  14. 14. Conclusion● SCRAPE ● When no other possibility● WORK ● Together!● QUICK & DIRTY ● But clean it up
  15. 15. Q&A@pietercolpaertProject.iRail.beGithub.com/iRail

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