Tomorrow morning, NYC DOT is inviting developers to come and discuss what transportation data sets they’d like to see opened up. From their invitation:
The New York City Department of Transportation needs your help! We want to provide more and more useful information to the traveling public about traffic and transportation. We know we’ve got a lot of the raw data, we need you to help us separate the wheat from the chaff.
Here at the DOT we’re plugged into all of the comings and goings of the city – we’re constantly monitoring highways, ferries, traffic cameras, bridges and road work. This means that we create a ton of data, some of which we share publically on our data feeds page. However, most of our data isn’t currently public.
There are many reasons why you (outside of the walls of government bureaucracy) will be able to build better apps, at ten times the speed and efficiency than we will ever be able to. We see our role as opening up and cleaning up our data to make it easier for you. Together we can provide the public with the information they hunger for, to make better decisions about how to move around the City.
To get started on this, we need your help to identify where the hot spots of demand are, so we can prioritize where direct our efforts to format and open up data. We also need you to help us start assessing where the gaps are between the data we have and the data we’d need to create truly useful “real-time traffic” apps. We’re at the beginning of this process, and the first step is to have an informal brainstorming meetup with developers. We’ll talk about some of the data feeds that we have, and hopefully you’ll come with some questions we haven’t asked yet.
The meeting is full and RSVPs are closed, but it’s not too late to get ideas in. At the meeting tomorrow, I’ll also be encouraging DOT to host some sort of idea sourcing tool online.
Leave any ideas in the comments section here, or on today’s post on Streetsblog (where there are already a few comments coming in).