30 07 2010

We have been working hard to get some exciting data from Manchester’s local authorities, and it seems the results are starting to come in.

For the first time in the UK, the open data community now has access to bus timetable data. In this case, for the whole of Greater Manchester. This isn’t just the stops and routes – this is the full timetable broken down across every stop, in a machine-readable format, used by the industry.

If you want to access it, or just learn more about it, please read the Access to ATCO CIF Data page on the wiki.

And whilst you’re there, perhaps you want to help add some information to the wiki’s other pages.


Meeting – 29th July at MadLab

21 07 2010

I wanted to hold off posting details here until the schedule had been finalised, but we can now confirm 4 great talks next Thursday at MadLab, Edge Street, M4 1NH.

Our schedule looks like this:

  • 6.30pm: Turn-up/introductions/etc.
  • 7pm: Introduction from Paul Robinson, ATCO CIF data parsing and other toys you can use today
  • 7.15pm: Steven Flower from will be sharing stories from the front-line of open data
  • 7.40pm: Julian Tait talks through real-time data (and funding!) possibilities
  • 8.05pm: Derek Harvie and Tom Robinson will discuss Metrostink – a use of Twitter for reporting Metrolink wait times and problems
  • 8.30pm Wrap-up and adjourn to a bar nearby (possibly Common?)

We’re bursting at the seams on this one, and we’re hoping there is something for everybody. I can’t say too much about my intro talk right now, except we’re hoping to be able to show you something never seen before… I’ll leave it at that, you’ll have to turn up to see for yourself if you’re curious.

Any changes in details will be announced over at the wiki, and we’d appreciate it if you could drop your name on the page to let us know about numbers.