OpenHalton’s mission is to spark great ideas and projects that leverage open data and can provide value to Halton’s citizens. Below are current and planned projects undertaken by Open Halton:
Project Wiki: http://miltontransit.pbworks.com/
Challenge: If you’ve evern needed to take a bus from Oakville to Milton, or even within one of Halton’s municipalities, you’re probably experienced the frustration of trying to read a printed map, or at best looking up .PDFs or HTML time-tables for bus stops and routes. The data is difficult to consume, and there are no web or mobile apps to speak of.
Objective: To develop a set of web/mobile applications using transit data from Halton municipalities, providing easier access to Bus route, Bus stops, schedule & other related transit information.
Notes & Considerations:
- Milton’s new bus schedule is effective September 7th and provides an opportunity to use new bus route & stop data to build a Milton-specific bus route & schedule application
- In a recent Silicon Halton meet-up members surfaced Transit as one of the hot topics for Open Data, with Milton being a prime example of how Open Transit Data could make a difference.
- Most municipalities are at some stage of involvement with the Metrolinx initiative, with the end-objective a more “connected” transit system, with data made available in GTFS format
- Burlington Transit is probably most ahead of other towns with its Transit information now available on Google Maps (but there doesn’t seem to be a way to access just the GTFS feed yet)
- Met and engaged in [informal] discussions with Milton transit lead on opening transit data
- Connecting with Milton council candidates to discuss how to get Milton to open their data
- Sent out an email to Milton transit lead to gauge interest in partnering on an Open Data project
“WARD REP” MASH-UP
(kicked off on Dec 4th 2010 Open Data Hackathon Day project in partnership with OpenGuelph)
Project Wiki: http://ohoghackathon.pbworks.com/
Challenge: As residents of Halton we should have easier way to determine what WARD you’re in, who your councilors or candidates are, and many other related Ward information (e.g. voting). Navigating ward / councilor info is difficult, using ward maps like this and this is not the most intuitive way to identify ward information, and could be improved.
Objective: To develop a simple mash-up replicable across municipalities to allow input of an address & return Ward, Councilor, Election, etc. information in addition to dynamic (vs static) ward maps.
Notes & Considerations:
- Leverage PHP code from emitter.ca lookups by postal code, address, etc.
- Digitize / re-create PDF-based ward boundaries using mapping tools & save as KML (?
- Possibly leverage code from various “Trash” apps like VanTrash, OttawaTrash, upcoming LondonTrash to identify which ward/area you’re in
- Re-use transit app logic (above) to plot areas, details per ward on a base map layer
- Guelph, Milton & some of Oakville wards converted from PDF to KML
- Built service to identify which ward you’re in based on a lat/lon & geocoded map lookup
- PHP app under way (leverages emitter.ca code)
- Toronto Wards: http://app.toronto.ca/wards/jsp/wards.jsp
Map by Zeeshan Hamid: http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=43.558914689202076~-79.90565109247853&lvl=11&sty=r&cid=BCDF54E1992E38B6!609