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New Dataset – Bus Stop Localities

London has continuously grown over the centuries, with conurbations and smaller dwellings overlapping and joining together to form the greater London area that we know today. This means that the ways in which areas of London are defined can often be inconsistent or confusing to those not familiar with the city, and we aim to enrich our bus stop location data to offer a wider geographical context and to help people understand London’s localities at a glance.

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(Left) Borough, Postcodes, Stations, Wards. (Right) An example of perception of local areas

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Data in Motion Hack Week – Event Review

Last week we ran our Data in Motion Hack Week with AWS and Geovation, as we aimed to find solutions to some of London’s key transport challenges through the innovation and creativity of developers working with our open data. Those taking part in the Hack Week were asked to come up with solutions to help tackle some specific challenges that we face in the capital today, and we were delighted to see the incredible standard of entries at the end of the week. 

Winners WS02 with AWS, Geovation and TfL

The winning team WS02 came up with a ‘Live Journey Planner’ solution, and are seen here with members of the judging panel from AWS, Geovation and TfL.

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Tower Bridge Closure – Data Set Released

The City of London Corporation are planning essential major maintenance works to Tower Bridge. The work will require a full closure of the bridge to all vehicle and cyclist traffic for three months. The closure will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Saturday 1 October to Friday 30 December 2016.

As part of our open data policy, we’re releasing a full data set of the closure to allow developers to easily incorporate this data into their apps, helping Londoners to plan their journeys while the works are ongoing.

Tower Bridge Road Closures Map

The City of London will be carrying out essential maintenance on Tower Bridge. Full details of the closure are in our data set.

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Data in Motion Hack Week is Underway

In partnership with AWS and Geovation, we were delighted to launch our Data in Motion Hack Week, with two launch sessions taking place on Friday 23 September. The launch set the scene for the challenge “Managing the Capacity of London’s Transport Network,” and we can’t wait to see the amazing solutions that are created to support this challenge and help improve the experience of those travelling in London. There are some great prizes on offer for the winners who will be announced at the end of this week. 

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We launched our Data in Motion Hack Week on Friday 23 September at the AWS office in London. Judging will take place this Friday when we expect some fantastic ideas to have been developed


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TfL, AWS and Geovation Hack Week – Data in Motion #1

Join us for a Hack Week launching on 23 September in London in partnership with AWS and Geovation to provide some great products for transport users. The use of our open data sets are fuelling entrepreneurship, accelerating scientific discovery, and enabling Londoners and visitors to travel more easily across the capital.

This Hack Week provides the opportunity to win some great prizes, including 6 months worth of support i.e. office space, business mentoring, access to technical and subject matter experts. So, whether you’re a start-up or a developer, if you are in a position to develop a product that addresses the challenges outlined below, you should join us at the launch event on 23 September. All entries will be judged by a panel in a closed environment to protect your idea.

There are over 500 apps powered by TfL data used by millions of people every day – we would like to see more.

Where and When

Venue: Amazon’s offices – 60 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2FD, London and remote access (more detail to follow.)
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When: Hack for a week: September 23 – September 30, 2016. There will be two launch sessions on 23rd September, at 12pm and 6:00pm, so join whichever one works for you.

Free drinks and nibbles will be provided at the launch sessions.

We're partnering with AWS and Geovation for the Hackathon from September 23-30 and we want your solutions help to manage the capacity of London’s transport network

We’re partnering with AWS and Geovation for the Hack Week from September 23-30 and we want your solutions help to manage the capacity of London’s transport network

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TfL Open Data: Powering the Tube Heartbeat

Our open data policy has been a key priority over the last few years, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of the open data revolution, supplying our data to over 8,500 developers who are creating important products to help keep London moving. Visualisation of our data can be particularly impressive, and there’s a great example of this with the “Tube Heartbeat.”

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The Tube Heartbeat visualises the volume of passengers using the Tube. It also goes right down to the platform level, the number of entrances and exits, and even the number of people aboard each tube train.

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Unified API: Night Tube Data Available

The first Night Tube services launch on the Central and Victoria lines on Friday 19 August, offering a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays. Services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines will follow in autumn. The Night Tube will be pivotal to London’s night economy, and with over 500 apps powered by our Open Data, we’re pleased to announce the addition of Night Tube data into our Unified API. 

Victoria line platforms at Warren Street

The Night Tube launches on the Central and Victoria lines on Friday 19 August – data is available in our Unified API

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TfL Host Visitors From Syracuse University, New York

We were delighted to welcome 35 students and their professors from Syracuse University in New York this week, as members of the TfL Online team presented our ‘digital journey,’ outlining the ways we continue to keep London moving through our use of technology and open data.  

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Technical Architect Tom Garratt talks the students and professors from Syracuse University through TfL’s open data story

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Prudential RideLondon route as Open Data

Prudential RideLondon is a world-class festival of cycling, and the fourth edition will take place this coming weekend – 29-31 July 2016.

We have made the route of the event available as Open Data. You can download it here, and it is free to use under our usual policy. The data in the KML file can be used by developers wishing to incorporate the different sections of the event into their maps or other applications.

For example, the route can be visualised like this, using mapbox and leaflet.js.

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The Prudential RideLondon takes place this weekend. Here is the route visualised in leaflet.js

Let us know in the comments if you feel this information is useful for you and the apps you’re developing, and please do let us know if you have any questions on this.