News Round Up

Worthy news all around the TOPP-sphere this week:

  • Streetsblog and TOPP Labs are both talking about the MTA’s move to open up transit data on their new website. On the heels of this announcement, we’re hosting the next meeting of the NYC Open Transit Data Meetup on January 20th.
  • As the extent of the heartbreaking disaster in Haiti unfolds, Philip Ashlock has an excellent overview of open issue-reporting systems, with an eye on how they can impact disaster relief efforts.
  • In partnership with the World Bank, OpenGeo launched GeoNode.org. The GeoNode project is taking the principles and practices of openness which have empowered
    the modern web, and using them to build a spatial data infrastructure
    solution appropriate for large NGO’s and government agencies. Announcement here.
  • Streetsblog got a hat-tip in the New York Times for its coverage of Manhattan district attorney’s decision to review the case of a former Police Commissioner who backed his SUV into a pregnant woman.