We at the Open Transport initiative have been asked how our two different API specifications are actually an Open Standard. This is a fair question, as not many people will understand the lengths we have taken to ensure our work is truly open and available for all.
They are free to adopt Meaning there is no initial charge or ongoing license fee for them being used as they are. (The only thing we ask is that when they are adopted the Open Transport is given a public credit somewhere, such as in a ‘Terms & Conditions’ or ‘About Us’ page, that’s all)
They are free to adapt Meaning that either standard can be taken as they are and changed in any way required. (Any official changes to the current published standard must happen through Open Transport’s modification process)
They have been designed from a wide collaboration of contributors Meaning they are the output from many interested organisations and parties (transport providers, private consultants, public sector stakeholders), not just individual suppliers.
They have been ratified by a clear and communicated peer review process This has allowed feedback and further contribution by subject matter experts. Plus our outputs and intentions have been widely publicised across the transport and mobility industry
There is a transparent and published feedback and modification process This is there to ensure the future ongoing quality and amendments to the standards.
The Open Transport initiative has appointed rail expert Marcus Mayers to the Board.
Marcus is an expert in delivering new technology into the Railway Sector. After ten years delivering novel rail projects for blue chip companies, he was hired to help setup and deliver a £100m rail innovation programme for Railway Safety and Standards Board. This included delivering composites into rail. In 2016 Marcus setup RASIC Ltd to support out of sector companies deliver product into the rail. Marcus is a visiting fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, in his field of expertise, and holds an MBA in Innovation.
Hayden Sutherland, Founder & Chair of Open Transport stated “I am incredibly glad to have Marcus join us. He has provided significant input and support for the initiative and brings a wealth of experience in travel innovation to the senior team of this Open Standards organisation.”
We have been asked a number of questions about the Open Standards for transport and mobility account interoperability we have specified and launched recently. There are a number of standards in existence that provide interoperable transport functionality.
Therefore we though it would be useful to explain what we have NOT created and where this information can be found:
Open Transport is proud to have been recognised as part of The European Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Landscape by Aster Capital (https://www.aster.com/)
Listed as a “Enabler”, Open Transport is mentioned as part of the “Flow Analytics” area, due to the Open Standard for transport account interoperability facilitating the flow of data between different mobility accounts. Thus enabling the travelling customer to have a single analytical view of all their end-to-end journeys.
To help promote our work and raise awareness of our recent Open Standards for transport account interoperability… Open Transport is presenting at Transport Ticketing Global 2020.
The session is called: “Open Transport: The future of Integrated Transport Customer Accounts”
And the outline is: The Open Transport initiative has created and published Open Standards for transport account interoperability. These are now free to adopt and adapt by any organisation without cost or constraint. This session will cover the background of work done so far and the future plans & objectives of the initiative.
As the Open Transport initiative is getting more press coverage and attention, we have been asked to provide logos and brand assets to other sites & publications. Therefore we have decided to get the ones we already had updated in more detail and with consistent colours.
We therefore ask anyone using our logo (e.g. on a blog post or news article) to use these assets, or contact us for higher resolution versions email@example.com
On our listing page we have explained that the Open Transport initiative provides two different Open Standard API specifications for free usage since v1.0:
1. Customer-account A standard way to facilitate peer-to-peer transport data sharing and account interoperability, allowing the customer to combine all their transportation, mobility and associated data in one place. Including: purchase, concession, and usage features in addition to operators, transactions, latitude and longitude, vehicle, and discount data.
2. Operator-info A centralised look-up for all transport operators. This provides a transport directory service with unique reference information about each mode of transport or mobility organisation, including any publicly available Customer-account API URLs.
Both specifications are Open Standards, meaning they have been made available on Swaggerhub for usage without conditions or fees.
Yesterday, Friday 3rd January 2020, was a pretty important day for the Open Transport initiative. Where we publicly launched two Open Standards for the benefit of the entire transport and mobility industry.
Therefore it was only fitting that we had a little celebration to mark the occasion. So we therefore invited a few transport and technology friends along to an evening in Glasgow last night.
Hayden Sutherland, Open Transport Standards Committee Chair said at the event “I would like to thank everyone one who has either contributed to the creation of these standards or provided their support at any point. These are specifications that the transport industry has needed for some while. So by giving them away as an Open Standard, we now hope they are adopted much quicker”