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Wednesday, April 6 • 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Digital Matatus: Mapping Informal Mini-Bus Routes in African Cities [P15]

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In many of the world's growing cities, semi-formal buses form the basis of public transit. However, little open and standardized data exist on these systems. The Digital Matatus project set out to test whether the geo-locative capabilities of mobile technology could be used to collect data on a semi-formal transit system in Nairobi, Kenya and whether that data could be translated into the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) standard for wider use. We were able to do this and get the first GTFS data for these systems upon Google Maps making the transit app available for Nairobi. Results of this work show that mobile technologies, which are increasingly prevalent in developing countries, can be used effectively to collect and deliver data in a modified GTFS format for semi-formal transit. Perhaps more importantly, through our work in Nairobi, we were able to identify the benefits and technical needs for developing data on semi-formal transit.

Demo/Poster Presenter
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Jacqueline Klopp

Associate Research Scholar, Earth Institute, Center for Sustainable Urban Development
Jacqueline Klopp is an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University. She previously taught the politics of development at the School of International and Public Affairs for many years.  A political scientist by training, her... Read More →

Demo/Poster Collaborator
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Sarah Williams

Assistant Professor, MIT Civic Data Design Lab
Sarah Williams is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) School of Architecture and Planning School. The Civic Data Design Lab works with data, maps, and mobile technologies... Read More →

Wednesday April 6, 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Roone Arledge Auditorium Lerner Hall, Columbia University 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10040

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