Make Transport & Mobility Data FAIR

There is a growing awareness of the role and benefits of good data management and usage. Industry, academia, legislators and even day-to-day consumers of digital services now see or receive the advantages of structured, standardised and stewarded information for both humans and machines. The transport and mobility sector is, like many others, currently going through …

University of Glasgow Students release Guidance for Implementation of Open Transport APIs

From October 2020 to March 2021 students from University of Glasgow 3rd Year Computer Science team CS21 have been working with the Open Transport Initiative as part of their Professional Software Development Honours project. Their agreed goal was to provide a proof of concept, illustrating how the Open Transport Initiative API specifications can be implemented …

University of Glasgow Students (CS20) use Open Transport APIs for successful project

Intro: We are a team of third year Computing Science students at the University of Glasgow.  Project aims: To use the Open Transport API specifications to demonstrate the sharing of customer data between transport operators.  Timescale: 14th October 2020 – 31st March 2021  Names: Torrin McQueen, Tomas Mikus, Paul Traynor, Kameron Eralp, Jamie McKay  Approach: With Django, we created an example Operator lookup and model Operator site “Zebras”. The …

CR005 approved and “customer-account” API now v1.0.2

Last week our Board approved Change Request CR005. This change extends the purchase.ticket entity in our “customer-account” API Open Standard to include three new “code” fields, making it easier to integrate UK Rail account data.The backwards-compatible change also to helps Modal in their recent Innovate UK & Geospatial Commission project to match real-time detection of …

What Open Source license covers our API Specifications?

Everything The Open Transport Initiative publishes on our SwaggerHub API account is automatically covered by the Apache 2.0 Open Source license. http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.html This is one of the most popular licenses for Open Standards and it gives anyone the ability to freely use, modify, distribute and sell software that uses our work. Also, because it explicitly …

CR005 – Change Request to Custmer-Account API

Open Transport Proposal for Change Number: Change 005: To: Customer-account API Name: Expansion of the “purchase.ticket” entity for additional fare data integration Breaking change? No Justification: Modal is a company who have built mobile app technology that detects a person’s public transport journey in real-time and use this to create rail Delay Repay functionality. As …

Powering innovation in rail by adopting interoperable smart data standards

Today Hayden, our Founder and Chair , gave a presentation to The Rail Innovation Group on their regular “Munch & Learn” webinar. The session explained the work & future aims of The Open Transport Initiative and was a combination of presentation (titled “Why all transport accounts need to make their data shareable”) and lively Q&A. …

2021 – the year Transport & Mobility adopts Smart Data initiatives?

Back in September 2020 the Government published the report:“Next steps for Smart Data. Putting consumers and SMEs in control of their data and enabling innovation”. In this document it clearly stated the intention to use legislation to “mandate industry involvement in Smart Data initiatives across the economy”. This means that Parliament will make different sectors, …

Why build a Transport & Mobility Directory Open Standard?

Most people we speak with are surprised to find that a central directory service does not already exist. The problem of a lack of a technical system-to-system look-up service across the transport and mobility industry was confirmed when we designed & published our Open Standard API for Mobility account interoperability (“The Open Banking for Transport”). …