[iRail] Raildar - heavy API use

Pieter Colpaert pieter at iRail.be
Sat May 17 13:50:34 UTC 2014

Hi Nikita,

1. The legal part of the data is still in the gray zone. We've scraped 
the data and the only thing we're doing is providing another interface 
on top of the data. We're not entitled to license it differently. ;)

2. You can use our API, no problem

3. Wouldn't it be better if you used our data dumps instead? They are 
taken each 6 minutes and can be found at http://archive.irail.be

Kind regards,

On 2014-05-17 14:11, Nikita Marchant wrote:
> Hello !
> I'm writing some code to add the SNCB/NMBS to http://www.raildar.fr/
> It's nearly working but the only obstacle now is that i don't want to hit your API (http://data.irail.be) too hard.
> I'm querying  the SNCB [1] directly every 15 sec (same as the web client [2] so no problem) to know if a train has arrived in a station but i also need to know the departure and arrival times (+ both delays) and for that i would like to use the vehicle API [3]. The problem is that i might have to query every train every minute (200 trains makes nearly 300k requests per day).
> Is this to much for you ?
> Is there maybe a way to get data for all current trains in one query ?
> Thanks
> Nikita
> PS : I don't see a licence on the data, is it normal ?
> [1] http://www.railtime.be/website/map/StationLocatorService.asmx/GetTrainDataForJson
> [2] http://www.railtime.be/website/apercu-du-trafic-trains?dep=1&tn=112&tr=13:30-60&stn=0&z=13
> [3] http://data.irail.be/NMBS/Vehicle/
> _______________________________________________
> iRail mailing list
> iRail at lists.okfn.org
> https://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/irail

More information about the iRail mailing list