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Search.ch rettet transport.opendata.ch

- June 21, 2017 in Daten

transport.opendata.ch ist der wohl erfolgreichste Open Data Dienst der Schweiz: Der Webservice für ÖV-Daten hat bis heute über eine Milliarde Anfragen beantwortet, bis zu 1.8 Millionen am Tag. Die Schnittstelle stellt einen höchst entwicklerfreundlichen Zugang sicher zu Hintergrundsystemen der SBB — diese stehen aber kurz vor der Abschaltung. Um den Zugang weiterhin sicherzustellen, den eine grosse —und wachsende— Zahl innovativer Projekte wie etwa das Wander-Startup WeHike oder der Augmented Reality Fahrplan Departures benötigen, stellt search.ch neu ihr eigenes Backend zur Verfügung, das dank der neuen Echtzeitdaten von opentransportdata.swiss ebenfalls minutengenaue Fahrplanabfragen und Streckenberechnungen leisten kann. Dadurch ändert sich für Nutzerinnen und Nutzer von transport.opendata.ch so wenig wie absolut möglich, die Schnittstelle ist weitgehend identisch, proprietäre Angaben der SBB wie etwa der Auslastungsindikator sind aber nicht mehr in den Daten enthalten. Eine Liste aktuell bekannter Probleme findet sich auf Github. Die neue Umsetzung kann ab sofort unter transport-beta.opendata.ch getestet werden, die Umstellung auf die neue Lösung erfolgt am 31.Juli 2017. Der Dienst wird von search.ch und Opendata.ch als “best-effort” Leistung angeboten, ohne Garantien für die Verfügbarkeit oder die Qualität der Daten und Berechnungen. Für Anwendungsfälle, die ein erhöhtes Abfragevolumen oder eine garantierte Verfügbarkeit benötigen empfiehlt Opendata.ch die Viadi API sowie die offiziellen Datenangebote von opentransportdata.swiss und  data.sbb.ch. Für weitere Fragen zur Umstellung steht die Google Gruppe der Open Transport Data Working Group zur Verfügung, auch an der kommenden Opendata.ch/2017 Konferenz wird die Lage in einem Workshop thematisiert. Opendata.ch dankt dem Team von search.ch und Fabian Vogler dem langjährigen Betreuer der Schnittstelle — offene Verkehrsdaten sind essentiell für die Zukunft der “Smart City” und weit darüber hinaus, und dank Schnittstellen wie transport.opendata.ch werden diese einfach für alle Entwicklerinnen und Entwickler zugänglich.

Vernehmlassung MetG wichtiger Schritt für offene Wetterdaten

- September 7, 2014 in National

MetgG_Teilrevision_Stellungnahme_20140905 Nachdem Opendata.ch das Thema offener Behördendaten auf der politischen Agenda der Schweiz verankert hat, gilt es nun Sektor für Sektor Daten zu öffnen: Verkehr, Finanzen, Forschungsdaten und so fort sind wo der Fortschritt nun spürbar werden muss. Dazu gehört auch der Sektor Wetter und Klima, ein Bereich in dem sich Open Data in anderen Ländern längst etabliert hat und dort bereits auch höchst innovative und erfolgreiche Unternehmen hervorgebracht hat – der Verkauf von climate.com für eine Milliarde lässt grüssen. Auf Einladung des Bundesrates äussert sich Opendata.ch deswegen detailliert zur aktuellen Vernehmlassung der Teilrevision des Bundesgesetz über die Meteorologie und Klimatologie (MetG). In der Stellungnahme des Vereins begrüsst Opendata.ch die Etablierung und Ausweitung des Open Data Prinzips und anerkennt die Signalwirkung weit über die Wetterdaten hinaus. Opendata.ch teilt die Einschätzung des Berichts zur Vernehmlassungsvorlage, dass sich die Gebührenbefreiung der meteorologischen und klimatologischen Daten positiv auf die Wirtschaft auswirken wird und insbesondere Konsumentinnen und Konsumenten von der Erweiterung des Angebotes an Dienstleistungen profitieren werden:  die Gebührenbefreiung der Meteo-Daten wird  mit sehr hoher Wahrscheinlichkeit zu einer höheren Wertschöpfung und damit auch zu einem positiven fiskalischen Effekt führen. Der Verein begrüsst insbesondere die Absicht der Vorlage, den durch die Datenliberalisierung verursachten Einnahmeausfall von MeteoSchweiz  über den allgemeinen Bundeshaushalt zu kompensieren:  diese Massnahme ist für eine erfolgreiche Umsetzung der Vorlage als zentral und stellt eine strategische Investition in Innovationsgrundlagen dar,  die sich für alle Akteure, inklusive den Bundeshaushalt, lohnen wird. Die Vorlage, im Erfolgsfall ein veritabler Open Data Meilenstein, beruht auf einer Motion der Kommission für Umwelt, Raumplanung und Energie des Nationalrates, welche zustande kam dank der Intervention von Nationalrat Christian Wasserfallen (FDP BE), seit langem ein Mitstreiter in Sachen Datenliberalisierung. Wir hoffen, dass die Vorlage möglichst rasch im Parlament behandelt werden kann und die Gebührenbefreiung der Meteo-Daten zu einem weiteren Meilenstein auf dem Weg zu Open Government Data in der Schweiz wird. Alle weiteren Anmerkungen und Anregungen von Opendata.ch finden Sie in unserer Stellungnahme zur Teilrevision des Bundesgesetzes über die Meteorologie und Klimatologie. Auch bei unserer grossen Jahresveranstaltung, der Opendata.ch/2014 am 18.9 wird die Zukunft der Schweizer Wetterdaten sicherlich Thema – nehmen Sie teil, diskutieren Sie mit!  

Data Activists Demand: Mr. Blatter, Tear Down This Wall!

- May 30, 2014 in Basel, event, International, Sierre

At the first International Sports Hackdays in Basel, Sierre and Milan, over 120 developers and designers, journalists and scientists, professionals and amateurs came together to prototype new approaches to make creative use of sports data. They built new types of hardware, new interfaces for fitness equipment and spectator apps, analysed Tour de France performances and FC Basel’s tactics, sport education policies, infrastructures and much more – and brought the spirit of open innovation and creative technology use to the field of sports.  
Desktop of a participant, sketching and prototyping a Tour de France data visualization

Desktop of a participant, sketching and prototyping a Tour de France data visualization.

Project visualizing the intensity and tendency of a football match with the color and brightness of two lightbulbs

Project Secondlamp is visualizing the intensity and tendency of a football match with the color and brightness of two light bulbs.

  While open government data has become an established force for transparency, efficiency and innovation in the public sector, the world of sports stands at a beginning: even though there’s so much passion, even though there’s so much potential, sports data often remain in the closed coffers of functionaries. Last weekend, the International Sports Hackdays were just one successful play to change this game, just one step towards opening up sports to data, and sports data to the world. Therefore: Mr. Blatter, tear down this wall, make FIFA’s data available to all! Martin Rumo, Embedded Computer Scientist at Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Sports in Magglingen explained the situation: “In elite sport, we collect more and more data every day, but to make it used and useful, we must build bridges between developers, designers and data scientists and the world of sports.” With experts for athletic data from leading companies such as Deltatre or Technogym or from Switzerland’s National Sports Centre, with data visualization experts from companies such as Tuxtax or Interactive Things as well as academics, hackers and makers from leading local tech firms, the event attracted talents hardly ever brought together, a set of interdisciplinary innovators that proved to be extraordinarily productive – in building bridges, but also in making actual progress.  
Plot helping to visualize and analyze the career of a road bicycle racer, using data from the Tour de France.

Plot helping to visualize and analyze the career of a road bicycle racer, using data from the Tour de France.

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Sensors connected to a fooseball table, collecting data and corelating it to historic pro soccer matches – to make connections like “you’re playing like Liverpool-Basel today”.

  The fascinating projects developed by the creative industry volunteers included hardware projects, software projects and data visualizations. They concentrated mainly on football (Secondlamp, second-screen match app BlitzPoll, ..), cycling (such as deep, historical analyses of Tour de France performances). The prototypes covered both personal apps like Sportee or BeatIt and the organizational level, e.g for the financial analysis of state-funded sport promotion as done in OptiSports or, specifically for Switzerland, the tool called Spörtle. In all cases, the approaches taken were extraordinarily inventive and of amazing quality: the creativity and innovation that could be experienced in these two days in Milan, Sierre and Basel was very impressive indeed. The data sources used at the event are all available on datahub.io, a central open data repository. These datasets include crowdsourced data, data extracted from public websites as well official data releases made available to a broader audience for the very first time. For the future and the credibility of the big sports it will be crucial to define data policies that acknowledge the role of open data for society and the economy. To foster and facilitate the open publication and productive use of open sports data, the internatioal Open Knowledge organization is working on creating an official sports data working group. For more information contact Hannes Gassert (event in Basel, coordination), Antoine Logean (event in Sierre) or Carlo Toccaceli Blasi (event in Milan). Supporting Partners:     Media:

Join the OKCon HackSpace!

- August 19, 2013 in demospace, hackspace, Information, OKCon, OKCon 2013, Open Knowledge Conference

Screen Shot 2013-08-19 at 3.14.32 PM At a house party, the kitchen almost always is the place to be – that’s where all the good stuff is coming from, the source where things start, the place where things happen! At the Open Knowledge Conference that’s the HackSpace: the place where things get done, and it’s right behind the bar! The OKCon HackSpace is the place to work after the workshop, to get key ideas from a keynote actually implemented, to work on code, to work on the last slides for your presentation, to just get things done, together. The space has excellent Wifi, more than enough power outlets, grouped chairs and tables, some whiteboards and a big screen, and no formal schedule. It’s right around the corner from the bar, quiet, and decorated all in red leather. Really. So you need a desk for a group to work on an idea: just come. Want to have some time to close some issues on Github, to fix and push some code: just come. Want to get expert advice, want to find somebody with a very specific skill? Come! Want to show off a project of yours? Or maybe you have to make an announcement: There’s a very relaxed unconference-style schedule at the entrance, managed by some local community members: come, get your name on the roster, and get the word out! The Law Mining Hackdays are taking place here Tuesday and Wednesday – talk to Christian Laux! – and some important Open Transport Data work is scheduled to take place here as well – talk to Pieter Colpaert for more on that. For all other questions: please get in touch with us: hack@okfn.ch! hackspace

Introducing the OKCon Startup Package

- July 23, 2013 in News

Open Knowledge and Open Data create many kinds of value in many kinds of ways. One very powerful way to create and capture that value is through startup companies, which is why we at OKCon embrace the startup community and can now offer a unique opportunity to young companies in the open data space: the Open Knowledge Conference Startup Package! The package includes a table in OKCon’s exhibition space, a large name banner, three tickets, a mention on okcon.org – huge opportunities for great conversations and good business, all for a €400 flat fee. Get in touch now to secure your slot, space is limited! The first two startups who booked their Startup Package are ScraperWiki and mingle.io: mingleiomingle.io from near Zurich aims to make a huge amounts of facts available to web and mobile apps with sub-second response times. They develop an elegant and expressive single unified query interface for large volumes of open data and take care of all data management, freeing developers to focus on integrating data into their applications, saving huge amounts of time. Check them out at mingle.io! scraperwiki
ScraperWiki helps you do data science on the web. The silicon-valley style startup from Liverpool, UK, provides a web-based tool set to get, clean, analyze, visualize and manage data, with a special focus on all the “messy” data out there waiting to be structured and thus freed! The recently re-launched Scraperwiki integrates seamlessly with CKAN, the data publishing platform powering many of the world major open government data initiatives – try it out now! Your startup is in the open data business as well? Then do hurry, get in touch and secure your startup space at OKCon right away! And think about using this opportunity to launch a product, release an awesome new feature or other breaking news: do it at OKCon and people that should know will, we’ll help! Plus: there are still some very interesting sponsoring opportunities, especially for tech-oriented businesses, that will multiply your brand’s reach again. Presenting Partner of the Technology Track sounds good, for example? Then make sure to talk to us. We’re open for business.

Opendata.ch welcomes you to OKCon 2013 in Geneva!

- June 7, 2013 in 2013, Geneva, OKCon, OKCon 2013, OpendataCH, Switzerland

Opendata.ch is the Swiss chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation. In September they will be co-hosting OKCon 2013 in Geneva. Hannes Gassert, vicepresident of Opendata.ch, has agreed to introduce the Swiss Open Data community and what they have been doing so far schweiz-masse Switzerland is a place known for secrecy, not for openness. Our banks are discreet, privacy is paramount, and the recipes for our cheese we’ll never tell. On the other hand, there’s our cherished direct democracy, our most participatory political culture. And both ideas have roots going back centuries. Our challenge today: how do we translate our system for a networked world, where transparency is so powerful and where mechanisms of participation are accelerated many fold. That’s where OKF Switzerland comes in. OpendataLogo Founded as Opendata.ch in 2011, a group of experienced activists started out on a journey that is about to bring them to the center of the OKF network this fall: bringing the global Open Knowledge Conference to Geneva in September will be a major milestone for all of us. Background Looking back, what the group has achieved so far was pretty Swiss indeed: five two-day hackathons, each taking place in one German- and one French-speaking city, each attracting 100+ developers, designers, policy makers and subject matter experts. And, as the Swiss love innovative graphic design, the design schools ZHdK and HEAD were more than happy to host them, as were the EPF Lausanne or the University of Berne. Each of those make.opendata.ch events had a specific topic: from transportation to health to finance and so on. hackdays1hackdays2hackdays4 They freed the real-time railways API. They ventured into budget visualizations, comparative analysis of hospitals, built an Arduino signal light to tell you when to run for the bus, 3d-printed statistics into earrings and started international collaborations all the way to San Francisco. Participation was amazing, and it was a success – people loved it, the press loved it, and there will be more. hackdays3trainshareup-web In parallel politics had to be dealt with: classic campaigning and lobbying in the Federal Palace, one-to-one discussions with lawmakers, parliamentary enquiries and alliances in administration had to be conducted in order to achieve a broad support throughout the political spectrum, from left-wing ministers to corporate think-tanks. Laws got changed, rules got adapted and Switzerland itself started to change. Both in 2011 and 2012 Opendata.ch held conferences with over 200 participants, bringing together the community and also creating links to the global Open Knowledge Foundation: Rufus Pollock and Nigel Shadbolt spoke at the event, and a multitude of academics, civil servants, hackers and makers joined in. During the Opendata.ch Conference in 2012, they signed the agreement to officially join the OKF – and at the very same table the idea to bring the world of Open Knowledge to a special place where world leaders gather was born. Geneva, home of the United Nations, the Red Cross and CERN, where the World Wide Web was invented. That event is coming closer and closer now – OKCon will take place in Geneva on 16th – 18th September, at Geneva’s International Conference Center. Now that might sound rather “Swiss” – as in expensive and a tad formal, but rest assured: this is going to be an event to remember, a global one that also shows a different kind of Swiss: great fun, truly participatory – and very open indeed. André and Hannes, Beatrice and Sylvie, Magaly, Antoine, Giorgio, Matthias, Barnaby, Christian, Oleg, Andreas and Jan all are so, so excited to have all of you over and to meet you in person – see you in Geneva! André GolliezHannes GassertSylvie ReinhardMagalyMathys Antoine LogeanGiorgio PaulettoMatthias StuermerBarnaby Skinner Christian LauxOleg LavrovskyAndreas AmslerJanZuppinger