Open Data: Transportation

September 29, 2010

I am very interested in the Open Data movement as it relates to information maintained in various government databases. In the transportation sphere this generally works best when mashed with a system such as Google Maps. The latest I have seen is this incredible mapping of every bus stop, train station and port in the United Kingdom:

[click on the image to be taken to the application; use Google’s zoom controls to dig deep into the map and find, for example, individual bus stops]

The tabulated data is also useful as explained in the Guardian’s article that led me here.  This seems to me to be a perfect use for accumulated data that would otherwise sit unused in a mis-matched collection of binders or logs or computer tables.  As someone mentions in the comments to the Guardian piece, adding bus routes, for example, would be the next logical step.

I haven’t had this much fun with data since I discovered the fabulous almost real-time shipping maps!