The secret sauce that's missing in so many complaints about transit service is supporting data. But soon there will be an app for that, at least in San Francisco. OpenTransit, now in alpha stage, running on public data, will provide transit users with the specific data they need to induce change.
Here's a theory I'm working on. Smart cities find a welcome duo in public projects and white-hat hackers. The hackers make apps that fill in the cracks where city administrators don't see or don't have time for. They can design, build, and propagate their wares unfettered by public expectations.
A few days ago, I told former Tableau CMO Elissa Fink why I found “smart cities” more interesting than the data industry’s tired old slogan “data driven.” Cities are complex and layered.… Read more...
Datadoodle's spawned something new. It's Datadoodle Radio, a podcast. In the first episode, transit consultant Bob McQueen floats a bargain: transit users grant use of their data in exchange for a money-back guarantee from transit districts.