Mapping of government provided services, Nashville, USA

In February 2018, the city of Nashville launched the NashView. This is an interactive smart map displaying governmental services (e.g. libraries, parks, schools, recycling centers, fire and police stations, etc.

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Visualisation of road collisions: Crashmap

The CrashMap website visualises data on crashes that occured on reads in the UK. Data is available from 1999 until today. A user can view more details about “collision locations, dates, times, and the number of casualties and vehicles associated.” This is the free version. The paid version of the service provides more details.


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Visualising open data: Illustreets

The first Illustreets web app “Where to live in London” was launched in September 2013. It used open data in order to create dynamic visualisations of information and explore particular areas of England. The range of information included average property prices and rents, schools, public transport, census data and crime rates.

The company continues developing tools and apps based on open data, e.g.:
– Grow London, a promotional initiative seeking to pormote London for investments;
Geomatrix, an online SaaS solution helping to perform predictive analytics for retailers with regards to market size, expansion strategy;
Integration Hub, is a tool stimulating UK’s ethnic integration.

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Open data from Swedish public transport

EU regulation accepted two years ago requires that all related authorities in the EU must provide metadata in 49 categories. This includes data on public transport, road traffic, bicycle loan places, rental car station, etc. The project’s planned completion date is 2022.

Publishing of collected public transport data should be implemented within a year. Representative of Samtrafiken, an umbrella organisation for public traffic operators, says that a half of all public transport operators joined the project. They constitute about 90% of all public transport trips. Smaller operators may have more problems, as they have less resources but have to do the same job.

Identified project’s obstacles so far are related to non-harmonised data that requires additional conversion and adaptors for data aggregation.

Google and Apple show increasing interest to open traffic data. Apple’s map data now presents data collected by Samtrafiken. Other market players also are trying and testing what can be done with this data. Expected time, when citizens can notice new services built based on open traffic data is coming spring (2020).


Open data use stories