The organisations hope OpenMobilityData will do for mobility data what OpenStreetMap did for geographic data
Washington DC-based software company, TransitScreen, which provides a real-time mobility information platform, is launching an open data initiative in collaboration with the non-profit, MobilityData.
OpenMobilityData aims to accelerate the creation and sharing of global public transit, urban transportation, and shared mobility data.
TransitScreen is known for its real-time displays of nearby mobility options, from public transit to bike-share, car-share, and ride-hailing services. In November, TransitScreen launched CityMotion, the first mobility app for business commuters.
MobilityData, currently incubated by the Rocky Mountain Institute, works to drive adoption of standardised data mobility formats, increase the completeness of data formats, and improve the accuracy and quality of data.
As part of the joint initiative, OpenMobilityData has acquired TransitFeeds, the most popular mobility data commons, from its creator, Quentin Zervaas. TransitFeeds serves six million data requests annually for nearly 1,000 transit data feeds from 39 countries.
It is the only site that supports both the GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification, originally created by TriMet and Google) and GTFS-Realtime data standards.
“Data drives transportation more than ever before, and cities and transit agencies globally need a platform for sharing data with the private sector, app developers, and the public"
"The mobility industry badly needs an open data commons with integrated tools for creating and editing mobility information, just like you can edit Wikipedia," said Matt Caywood, CEO of TransitScreen. "Data creators want to contribute their time and effort to open platforms.
"OpenMobilityData will do for mobility data what OpenStreetMap did for geographic data."
OpenMobilityData will be the first data commons to fully integrate with transit data editors to update data automatically. Launch partners include TransLoc Architect, GTFS Manager from Trillium Solutions, and GTFS Editor from Conveyal.
"Complete and high-quality data is the foundation upon which the mobility industry is being built," said Leo Frachet, technical co-Director at MobilityData. "OpenMobilityData provides a neutral home for the whole industry to publish, visualise, and explore this data."
Commenting on the initiative, Gabe Klein, partner at Cityfi and former commissioner of Chicago and DC’s departments of transportation said: “Data drives transportation more than ever before, and cities and transit agencies globally need a platform for sharing data with the private sector, app developers, and the public."
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