Category: Open Source Projects

The Importance of Data.Gov

Erica Naone of MIT Technology Review writes in her article “The Death of Open Data?” that funding for data.gov may be reduced in this year’s federal budget cuts.  According to Naone, the Electronic Government Fund may be slashed from $35 million to $8 million, which may affect the data.gov initiative. Data experts note that the …

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MATSim: Multi-Agent Transport Simulation Toolbox

Multi-Agent Transport Simulation Toolbox (MATSim) MATSim is a free, open source transportation modeling tool that uses OpenStreetMap data.  MATSim can be used in demand modeling, agent-based mobility simulation, and re-planning.  MatSim is a joint effort between the following organizations: Transport Systems Planning and Transport Telematics, Transport Planning, senozon. Key Features Fast Dynamic and Agent-Based Traffic …

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New York Times article: The Link Between Open Data and Improving Lives

In his March 13, 2011, NYT article, Richard H. Thaler documents how the government’s release of open data has made citizens’ lives better.  He notes that Routesy, a smartphone app that uses data provided by San Francisco’s transit systems has provided real-time information that helps riders find the right bus stop and when the bus …

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Open Data Initiative Apps and Projects

TriMet: Portland, Oregon A new app, “Portland Bike to Map Transit” has been created to help bike riders find the best route to transit stops. The app, created by Portland State University student Melanie Sax-Barnett, has been added to TriMet’s App Center.  For more information, please visit BikePortland.org Open Data Initiatives in the United States …

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OpenTripPlanner: Planning Multi-Modal Trips

Technology in Transit: Plan multi-modal trips using OpenTripPlanner OpenTripPlanner is an open-source project developed by TriMet, OpenPlans, and the developers of FivePoints, OneBusAway, GraphServer, and byCycle. OpenTripPlanner allows riders to plan multi-modal trips to include walking, biking, and using public transit. After entering your start and end destinations, the planner provides step-by-step directions along with …

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