MassDOT Developers Conference Morning Presentation

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MassDOT Developers Conference Morning Presentation

  1. 1. DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE November 14, 2009 MIT, Tang Center
  2. 2. WELCOME Developers Conference Overview Chris Dempsey + Joshua Robin, MassDOT UP NEXT: JEFFREY B. MULLAN, SECRETARY MASSDOT Follow the Developers Conference on at hashtag #massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  3. 3. WHAT IS MASSDOT? The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has four divisions: •Highway (State Highways and Bridges, Turnpike) •Transit (RTAs, MBTA, MassDOT Rail) •Aeronautics •Registry of Motor Vehicles Follow the Developers Conference on at hashtag #massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  4. 4. 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 the Developers Conference on at hashtag #massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  5. 5. 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 MassDOT AND developers Better serve customers across many platforms Follow the Developers Conference on at hashtag #massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  6. 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 the Developers Conference on at hashtag #massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  7. 7. A NEW APPROACH In addition to opening data, MassDOT 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 Follow the Developers Conference on at hashtag #massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  8. 8. 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 Follow the Developers Conference on at hashtag #massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com
  9. 9. MAKING AN IMPACT: RESULTS •6 innovative applications with at least 2 more in development •8 creative visualizations that tell the story of the MBTA. Follow the Developers Conference on at hashtag #massdotdev And at the conference website: www.massdotdevelopersconference09.com

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