Liberating Data at Journalism Data Camp NY

I spent last Friday at ScraperWiki’s Journalism Data Camp NY, hosted at the Columbia School of Journalism. ScraperWiki is a really interesting project. There is a lot of data on the web that isn’t readily machine-readable. Turning this data into something that can be made more useful to the public – for example, by putting it Read more…

Catch OpenPlans at #TRBAM

Heading to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting? We’ll be there. Here’s where you can catch us: Curious about web tools or social media in planning? Frank Hebbert is presenting about web-based planning tools on Sunday at 1:30pm, at “Incorporating Web-Based Tools into Transportation Practices” (session 156, at the Marriott) Want to find out more about Read more…

OpenBag: Vizzuality

Vizzuality, the Madrid-based geo-spatial mapping company, has been co-habitating in OpenPlans’ office since June and we’ve had the chance to get to know them well. Javier de la Torres, Lead Developer and Co-founder stepped up at OpenBag this week.  While his face is familiar around these parts, Vizzuality work wasn’t; like finding out that your best Read more…

Tri-Met Regional Trip Planner launches

Transit maps are objects of identities of the city, they spark infinite discussion and, of course, help people get to where they want to go.  For decades, the 2D map was the primary way for a customer to interact with the system. Designers were constrained by the physical limitation and customers were constrained by just Read more…

Civic Commons: Intelligent Cities Interview with Nick Grossman

At the Intelligent Cities Forum, Peter Corbett of iStrategyLabs spoke with Nick Grossman about how OpenPlans, Civic Commons, and Code for America are improving civic technology through transparent and open data and formats.  The end goal? Improving cities.   Check out the video of the interview after the jump:

OpenTripPlanner Powers BusInfo in Tel Aviv, Israel

July 1, 2011 marked a milestone date for the transit riders of Tel Aviv, Israel – citywide transit bus re-routings and new bus lines took effect and thousands of transit users across the 1800 sq km metropolitan area were affected. An exciting change, but also a daunting challenge, as Israel’s only communication of the new Read more…

OpenPlans to present at TransITech

We’re really looking forward to this spring’s APTA TransITech. APTA is the industry association that includes public agencies, commercial organizations, and non-profits working in the field of public transportation. TransITech is APTA’s annual technology conference, this year occurring over three days in Miami, FL in March. We will present on Simple AVL Solutions for Riders as Read more…