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  • Transport – PTV Timetable API Release Sets New High

    14 March 2014

    Information updates will be posted on Data.Vic as and when they are received. 

    The recent release of the PTV Timetable API has, not surprisingly, created the highest level of interest and activity for a single data release on Data.Vic.

    In the 7 days since the release of the API data record we have seen:

    Over 3500 data record page views More than 700 downloads of the API document, and Close to 100 API key requests

    The popularity and power of transport data across the globe is indisputable. The Data.Vic site analytics for the PTV API prove that Victoria is no exception. Transport data, and the third party apps built from it, is the most effective and practical example of government data re-use.

    It has been interesting to see the reaction to the release of the API in the flurry of conversations and comments on both Data.Vic and across social media. The general sentiment has been positive and welcoming of the release. There has been some discussion over options, including GTFS, and requests for database dumps. All comments and suggestions received are passed onto PTV for review.

    PTV advise that other popular formats will follow. This initial release of timetable data via the PTV API allows for content to be created, updated and automatically released across multiple channels and complies with the Governments DataVic Access policy. The API file format is recognised globally as being the best format for releasing timetable data as it changes. PTV has advised that a major upgrade to their timetable management platform is underway to improve efficiencies and data administration. This will result in other data delivery options being made available, including GTFS.

    Information updates will be posted on Data.Vic as and when they are received. 

  • PTV Timetable API now available

    07 March 2014

    Feedback is encouraged, so please feel free to make comments on the service.

    The PTV Timetable API has been created to give the public direct access to Public Transport Victoria’s public transport timetable data. It is designed so that the raw timetable data is accessed in a dynamic way, ensuring that the data accessed is always the most up to date PTV has.

    The API allows developers to query locations for scheduled timetable, line and stop data for all metropolitan and regional train, tram and bus services in Victoria (including NightRider). It also includes access to myki ticket outlet data. The PTV timetable API is the same API currently used by PTV for its website and smartphone apps.

    Access to the API is available now from the data.vic

    Feedback is encouraged, so please feel free to make comments on the service.

  • Data Vic competition presents unlimited opportunities for innovative use of data

    12 February 2014

    The Data Vic Competition is now open for registration and will close on 28 February 2014. The winners will be announced at the Connect Expo on 14 March 2014.

    Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips is encouraging members of industry, academia, government and the general public to get creative in the Data Vic Competition by using data housed on www.data.vic.gov.au 

    The competition, an initiative between the Victorian Government and Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA), offers four prizes of $2,500, along with the opportunity to consult with the Victorian Government to further develop the winning projects and benefit from mentorship with members of SIBA.

    Mr Rich-Phillips said this is a great opportunity for the Victorian community to discover more about www.data.vic.gov.au

    “Data.vic.gov.au presents a wealth of opportunities to access government data and turn it into innovation, which will benefit Victorians and the broader community,” Mr Rich Phillips said.

    “The competition also provides opportunities for other datasets not currently available through the Data.Vic directory to be discovered. The possibilities are endless.”

    The competition aims to encourage users, creatives and visionaries to interact with, and gain a better understanding of, the untapped potential of the data.

    The winning entries will showcase how government data can be used to serve a market need, or address industrial, environmental or community issues.
    “This provides a great opportunity to discover new datasets and to work together to create both traditional and non-traditional applications for wider use and for the benefit of the Victorian public,” Mr Rich Phillips said.

    The Data Vic Competition is now open for registration and will close on 28 February 2014. The winners will be announced at the Connect Expo on 14 March 2014.

  • Open Data Barometer Report

    06 November 2013

    http://www.opendataresearch.org/content/2013/539/press-release-open-data-barometer

    The Open Data Barometer takes a multidimensional look at the spread of Open Government Data (OGD) policy and practice across the world. Combining peer-reviewed expert survey data and secondary data sources, the Barometer explores countries readiness to secure benefits from open data, the publication of key datasets, and evidence of emerging impacts from OGD.

    The Barometer is a joint project of the Open Data Institute and World Wide Web Foundation, and forms part of the ongoing work to develop common assessment methods for open data within the Exploring the Emerging Impact of Open Data in Developing Countries project.

    http://www.opendataresearch.org/content/2013/539/press-release-open-data-barometer

  • Data.Vic website redevelopment - Expressions of Interest (EOI)

    28 October 2013

    Expected release date is prior to end of October 2013. This will be followed one week later by an industry briefing in Melbourne. Minutes of that briefing will be provided to interested parties that are unable to attend.

    The Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI) will soon be calling for expressions of interest to provide the necessary services for the re-development of the Victorian Government’s Data Directory, data.vic.gov.au (Data.Vic).

    Data.Vic was developed in response to the 2009 parliamentary inquiry into improving access to Victorian Public Sector Information and data.

    In August 2012, the Victorian Government endorsed the DataVic Access Policy. The Policy provides direction on the release, licensing and management of Victorian Government data. The policy also includes a number of requirements of Data.Vic that the service does not currently provide. 

    The purpose of the EOI process is to identify and assess the ability of Registrants responding to the invitation to provide the services and works required by DSDBI.

    The project will build on the policy commitment to provide greater access to Victorian Government generated and owned data to promote the use and re-use of data to support research, innovation and evidence based decision making. The policy/project also encourages the movement to co-production of public services, facilitating the market to develop new and innovative products and services.

    The EOI will outline the major deliverables, including:

    · Deliver a re-development of the public facing site

    · Delivery of an integrated information asset register

    · Application development and deployment

    · Ongoing support services

    Any potential vendors planning to respond to the EOI must first register with the Victorian Government's eServices Register (if you haven't already). 

    Further information will be provided upon the release of the EOI and the functional requirements document.

    Expected release date is prior to end of October 2013. This will be followed one week later by an industry briefing in Melbourne. Minutes of that briefing will be provided to interested parties that are unable to attend.