How open data can create mobility solutions ? - Forum about open data in Gothenburg
This year's first workshop about open data attracted over 50 people to Johanneberg Science Park on the 2nd of May. In addition to creative work on mobility, participants also received two really exciting news on the mobility front.
Last year, the city of Gothenburg, in cooperation with Johanneberg Science Park and within the framework of the EU project SCORE, launched a series of workshops focusing on open data. This year, the focus will continue to be twofold: To educate and inform citizens about the regional opportunities with open data, and to support operators to create smart solutions using open data.
This year's first workshop focused on mobility, which was illustrated by, among other things, waste trucks that also serve as childbike distributors as well as underwater buses that fill double function in the form of classrooms. The one who highlighted these examples was Kim Lantto from Gothenburg’s city Consumer and Citizenship Service. His entire presentation on mobility is featured in this small movie (in Swedish).
The day was initiated by Anders Frick, analyst focusing on IoT, who held a quick course in open data. In addition to tips from the "Open Data - A Guide to Decision Makers" report, several examples of collected data in the form of the air quality measurement site (luftdata.se) and the temperature range (temperatur.nu) were presented.
Prior to the workshop, Malin Stoldt gave some examples of digital services created based on open data from the Traffic Office in Gothenburg city. She presented the Gothenburg version of trafiken.nu and informed that within a short time, the mobile app Cykelstaden that visualizes disturbances and obstacles on pedestrian and cycle tracks will be available.
Västtrafik’s CEO, Lars Backström, held also a presentation about Västtrafik's brand new collaboration with the Parking Company in Gothenburg. The collaboration is based on the fact that selected drivers during a testperiod are given the opportunity to purchase their public transport ticket directly from the app Parkering Göteborg. It might seem like a smal step but according to Lars Backström, it illustrates very clearly what direction Västtrafik and other Swedish public transport companies aim to i.e. creating APIs for transaction data, which opens for third party players to become ”reseller” of tickets.
Torvald Asplund, project manager for Trafik Göteborg informed the participants about the Swedish Transport Administration's APIs and activities that deal with disturbances in Gothenburg area. In addition, he gave several examples of what social benefits have already been created using the Swedish Transport Administration's (Trafikverket’s) open data.
During the workshop a four-step model, developed by the British innovation organization, Nesta, was used. The model contains the following four elements: specific problem, defined action, clear data product and accessible data.
At the end of the workshop, everything compiled under two headings: desired data products and what data is required.
Some of the suggestions on data products were:
• 3D data that show how buildings looked like i.e. 500 years ago
• Pedestrian density on map
• Absolutely quiet places within a certain radius
• App with i.e. events, weather, traffic, parking spaces
• Residential parking solutions showing parking vacancies
Some of the suggestions about the data required were:
• Persons’ flows similar to today's vehicle flows
• Real-time data for parking and charging stations
• Number of people on a bus
• Output flows of people, i.e. at the Swedish Fair Building and/or Liseberg Amusement Park
• Amount of cyclists on bike track
• Train and tram data
• Data from public bike pools ”Styr & Ställ”
• Data on respective means of transport
All presentations and material from the workshop can be found in this Google Drive folder.
At the end of the day, the participants were given the task of evaluating the workshop. The evaluation results will be used by organizers in the planning of upcoming workshops that will be launched on October 3 and December 6, 2018.