UNLOCKING REAL-TIME. Joshua Robin Massachusetts Department of Transportation @massdotdev. WHY IS IT SO EASY TO FIND REAL-TIME WEATHER REPORTS?. Why is it so easy to find real-time weather reports?. @massdotdev. 2. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INFORMATION IS OPEN.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Why is it so easy to find
real-time weather reports?
National Weather Service information is open
have lots of choices
AS A RESULT, CONSUMERS HAVE LOTS OF CHOICES
Why is it so hard to find out when the next bus will arrive?
Where’s the #%*(#&$
9/11/2014 8:55 AM
MBTA information was closed
MBTA INFORMATION WAS “CLOSED”
So, in September 2009 we decided to make basic MBTA trip planning information open.
By November, there were six innovative applications
built with MBTA data.
Great, but when is the next bus PLANNING INFORMATION OPEN actually
going to show up?
Traditional Model PLANNING INFORMATION OPEN
First, (1) Countdown Signs
Then, (2) Web and Phone Distribution
Then, Maybe, (3) Share with Others
What if we reversed the order? PLANNING INFORMATION OPEN
WHAT IF WE REVERSED
Could we make MBTA bus location information as easy to find as a weather report?
COULD WE MAKE MBTA BUS LOCATION INFORMATION AS EASY TO FIND AS A WEATHER REPORT?
On November 14th, as part of a trial program, the MBTA released a real-time data feed for five MBTA bus lines.
With those results* for just five bus lines in
*ALL AT NO COST TO THE MBTA
Imagine the innovative solutions developers might create as a weather report?
If we focus on unlocking data first
$130 as a weather report?
*YES, THIS REALLY EXISTS IN SAN FRANCISCO