NYC Collaboration with OpenStreetMap
The OpenStreetMap (OSM) community is adding vital NYC OpenData to the OSM database.
Visualizing NYC 311 Requests By Zipcode
Check out this visualization of 311 service requests from 2010 to the present by zipcode. Use the drop down menu on the left to select and map different service requests.
Thanks to Jonathan Roberts for developing and sharing the map.
Visit EnergyZip to learn about New York City’s electricity use. This map application, developed by a team of research scientists for the 2013 NYC BigApps competition, lets you compare your usage against future use, your neighbors, and other areas across the five boroughs.
Special thanks to BetaNYC for hosting a series of events exploring PLUTO data ideas and projects including yesterday’s #CivicDemoNight.
Roadify: Using data to empower people on-the-go
In this dense, bustling city, people depend on mass transit every day, sometimes in different modes, and often multiple times daily.
As part of the one-year anniversary of the NYC Open Data Law – Local Law 11 of 2012 – we’re profiling users of NYC Open Data. Our first profile looks at Roadify, a data platform and free iPhone application connecting users with real-time transit info and updates.
Roadify was the Grand Prize winner in the NYC BigApps 2.0 competition in 2010, and alerts users to the latest subway, bus, or driving conditions by using official transit data and real-time updates from commuters. They help answer a basic, vital question posed by millions of commuters daily: “When is my bus/train/subway, etc. coming? And if it’s late, why?”
Roadify gathers open transit data (including Staten Island Ferry and MTA data) from more than 60 transit agency sources across the United States and Canada, as well as from riders via Twitter and the Smartphone app. This data is:
Official structured transit agency data is typically in the Google GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification) format for schedules and real-time arrival information, while unstructured service advisories can be in XML or RSS feeds or via Twitter. Roadify also monitors Twitter to curate comments from riders and agencies about specific transit systems and individual lines, along with user comments provided via the Roadify iPhone app.
Roadify aggregates this information on its own platform and packages the content for hyper-local, real-time distribution to customers via XML feed. Roadify’s digital signage customers can opt to design their own displays for the data feed or use a localized Flash or HTML display in broadcast-ready or interactive mode. Roadify provides transit information on large screens at locations other than transit stations – including Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, “City 24x7” kiosks and the Philadelphia Convention Center.
“All this complexity under the hood is about making it easy for riders to find out what’s going on,” said Roadify CEO Scott Kolber. “If people know when their ride is coming, they’re more likely to use mass transit – and that’s good for riders and cities.”
Interested in the future of NYC’s public payphones? Check out this animation highlighting their locations across the five boroughs. Imagine how this vast network could be used to boost access and connectivity!
To learn more about Reinvent Payphones, NYC’s payphone design challenge, visit and register: nyc.gov/reinventpayphones
Many thanks to Chris!
View photos of our NYC Open Data Policy Hack Day on Saturday at Pivotal Labs. Thanks to all who contributed their time and ideas!
Add your feedback to the NYC Open Data Policy: nyc.gov/datastandards
Map of NYC After-School Program Locations with Descriptions