Project Date: 2012
Google Places API Developer Challenge Judge’s Choice Award.
The TTCPass project goals was developed through 2012 to help Torontonians to find transit fare media through the city. Buying a transit pass or token is not the easiest thing in Toronto. The Toronto Transit Commission TTC makes them available through a network of partners (mainly convenience stores and TTC subway stations) to cover most of the city. The two limitations of this affiliation system are:
- Not every shop advertises on the street that they sell TTC products, so you can be looking for tokens and walk right by a re-seller without knowing it,
- Most locations do not carry all TTC products, or they can sell out quickly of weekly and monthly passes.
Torontonians were able to search for product in their neighborhood through the TTCPass website and update product avaibility.
See Christian Muise (the web developer of the project) video presentation for details.
Initial Project Objectives
This project was about:
This project mixed both open data and crowd sourcing concepts. All data collected are free of access to anyone in both human readable format through the TTCPass website and machine readable format (through buzzdata interface and API)
TTC Pass relied on the crowd to control the data quality based on the assumption that the more people will use and update the data the more controled and accurate it will be. To reach the critical user mass for crowdsourcing to works, TTC Pass offered its data to any TTC related smartphone application so they can improve the user experience of their product. Thos offered two important advantages:
Early 2013, we decided to pull the plug off the project for three mains reasons:
The initial dataset hasTTC Pass has been build using: