[Open-transport] OTD Handbook update

Mati Kalwill matias.kalwill at gmail.com
Tue Oct 9 20:08:17 UTC 2012

Hello everyone!

First of all an introduction, my name is Mati Kalwill. I joined the list
around a month ago but hadn't had the chance to become active on the
conversation just yet. So Stéphane's comment on his last message is the
perfect cue to join in :)

I'm the founder of a youth-lead international group called La Vida en
based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We are small in number but very active
and have achieved considerable impact for the limited resources and time we
have been around. Our first international initiative,
is under very active development. Building, using, sharing and promoting
Open Data in transport is a key part of it.

Since I'm new to the group, I'd like to ask you guys what you think would
be possible ways to contribute to the Open Data Group in terms of cycling
data. I should tell you that as of now, we are both looking into existing
examples of Open Data on urban cycling, as well as the development of new,
non-existing standards. We call this the Open Bicycle Data Initiative.

Part of our work has been the development of a collaborative map, as a
knowledge-sharing initiative between experienced and upcoming urban
cyclists: http://lavidaenbici.com/mapa

Also, our local government has an Open Data initiative wich we have
contributed to. You'll notice that 4 out of the 9 Transport data sets
relate to bicycles ;)

As I mentioned above, do let me know what you'd consider possible ways of
contribuiting to the hand-book. We haven't worked on a collaborative
writting like this before, so some pointers on how to get started would be


Mati Kalwill
Founder, Director La Vida en Bici <http://lavidaenbici.com> &

On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM, Stéphane Guidoin <stephane at opennorth.ca>wrote:

> Ok, I've added some elements about traffic here and there. I think it
> would be worth explaning somewhere that until now, most of the experiences
> which took place were in the domain of public transportation/transit...
> thus a biais in terms of coverage of the topic but other fields should also
> be covered.
> I also raised a question in the docs but it could be discussed on the
> mailing list: should be cover "active" transportation like biking, walking,
> etc. From some discussion that I have with cities willing to publish some
> data, many are considering bike parking data, bike sharing schemes and so
> on. Some elements about walkability/accessibility are also raised.
> Steph
> On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 5:26 AM, Pieter Colpaert <pieter at irail.be> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> It's pretty clear that we won't get our deadline of the first of
>> October. Let's procrastinate a bit and move all deadlines 1 month. This
>> means the OTD Handbook could get published the first of December.
>> More updates:
>>  * We've got new contributors!
>>  * I got a legal IP office to write the from a legal perspective section
>>  * iRail (my Belgian organisation) is going to sponsor a graphic
>> designer who will take care of the graphic design (for those who have
>> met her in Helsinki: Miet)
>> We still need:
>>  * More text! For those who have added their name in the document, can
>> you give me an estimate of when it will be done?
>>  * A copywriter! I want the text to sound like it has been written by
>> one person, in grammatically correct English (that may be a problem for
>> all non-native speakers, especially myself). Is someone willing to step
>> forward and do this? Or should I search funding for this and hire a
>> professional copywriter?
>>  * Funding for printing the book and sending it to everyone. A rough
>> estimate is €30 per book (all costs included), let's print and
>> distribute 500 copies, meaning we need €15000 for this. If we cannot
>> find this funding it will, evidentially, become an online book only.
>> Kind regards,
>> Pieter
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