[OSM-talk] Is anyone making public transport routing maps basedon OpenStreetMap data?
Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Fri Dec 19 14:41:22 GMT 2008
>You can't crowdsource a timetable. You can't crowdsource the future
>without objective evidence.
>You can, however, crowdsource what has happened in the past, and use
>it to make list of when the trains usually used to run. But I have
>absolutely no interest in an application that says "trains usually ran
>on a Sunday at 10.35am up until last weekend" because I actually want
>to go *this* Sunday and I want to know when the trains are *going* to
>be running, which is in the future and the timetable changed this
>So as far as I'm concerned, the only really useful source of
>timetables is whoever operates the service.
Whilst there may be copyright issues in doing this in practice, there is
in theory a good reason for having an independent source of timetable
data: you could offer web API functionality that the actual rail/bus
companies are not offering, which aids the integration of the data into
other sites. Also it allows the development of independent train/bus
journey planners which the individual companies may not wish to develop
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