On 13-15 July 2016 OTN participated in MedHackathon event that was organised by the European Regional Framework for Co-operation and the Computer Engineering & Informatics Department (CEID) of the University of Patras. The Patras-based event comprised a conference and a hackathon and had as its main focus Open Data and its potential to facilitate the creation of new ideas, projects and services.
Put Your City on the Map!
OpenTransportNet is an exciting new project designed to revolutionise the way transport related services are created across Europe. By bringing together open geo-spatial data within City Data Hubs and enabling it to be viewed in new easy to understand ways, OpenTransportNet will enable:
- Anyone to have fun with data, by viewing data mash-up's in maps and graphs and be able to use and embed these maps in their own websites
- Public Sector users to gain insights from linking and visualising different data sets and be able to make better public service decisions based on the findings
- Businesses and entrepreneurs to use the data to enhance existing services and build new transport-related services
- The wider open community to benefit from the project outputs and findings to advance geospatial data standards such as INSPIRE
OpenTransportNet is currently in a development phase. The Consortium supports an open innovation culture and as such would love to hear from anyone interested in supporting our aims in any way.
OTN is proudly supporting another hackathon event in Latvia focused on Quantified Self, Wearables, Fitness and Health. The event is a perfect opportunity to join a vibrant crowd of international students, developers, hackers and project partners, and it will be a mixture of developer competition, hacker festival and European Summer School where competing teams will develop innovative ideas, prototypes and solutions for different challenges, prizes and awards.
OTN is anxiously waiting for the next week’s hackathon that will take place in Patras, Greece, on 13-15 July. Over this period a seven-strong OTN team will perform a number of different tasks. Karel Charvat will take charge of moderating the event. Dmitri Kozuch, Jan Jezek, Pavel Hajek, Richard Brown, Leonidas Kallipolitis and Irene Matzakou will offer mentoring support to developers on day two and three. On day one Irene will also deliver a presentation about OTN during a thematic session focused on transport.
On 22 June 2016 OTN hosted a four-hour OGC Ad-Hoc meeting on metadata standards. With about 50 people in the meeting room and almost 20 people online, there was a lot of interest in the subject. With the 'créme de la créme' of the meta-data experts in the meeting, a very interesting and animated discussion took place.
OTN has been shortlisted as a finalist in the O2 NextGen Digital Challenge Awards 2016. The awards celebrate innovation, success and leadership in the UK’s digitally transformed economy. The awards are the UK’s prime showcase - the Oscars - for the best in next generation digital innovation. They are not for profit and are judged by a distinguished panel of independent judges.