Our partner BAPCI - the Bulgarian association for promotion of citizens initiative - organized the first forum for e-democracy in Bulgaria, in Burgas, Bulgaria, on 29-30 May 2015.

Here the presentation slides :

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Here the abstract of our presentation:

We believe that user participation is a key parameter to ensure that public services remain democratic, and by this, we mean: planned and operated for the common interest, and efficient with public resource.

Of course, citizens are already represented within public bodies by their representatives, that they elect every 5 years. Moreover, there are, in all European countries, institutional procedures of control, as State's control over local institutions, and courts of auditors, plus the surveillance made by media. But even all of these can be unsufficient to provide all the attention, and exerce enough pression over possible dysfunctions. So we think that direct user participation - we mean by the people that use a specific public service over this service - , is a supplementary tool to safeguard public interest.

Open data is a powerful way to engage citizens into user participation. Open data gives indeed citizens all the source information that allows them to control what public services are doing in detail, and to develop an expertise that can positively challenge what public institutions are doing.

Open data does not need high-tech resources to be implemented. A main change is that staff understand the need of sharing data within public offices, and then with the public. A local, low-tech approach is often a best way to start. This is more a work of communication and support.

User participation based on open data is particularly important in contexts where governments and public services are criticized for inefficiency or even corruption.

Read here the full contribution produced for this meeting.

Here a photo from the participants :

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We are continuing the development of Open Delays.

We are consolidating the system, making it reliable and resilient.

Still limited to a few countries with an open approach on open data, and still for our own studies. No data published.

See the general presentation page.

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Here we are : we present another time Active Citizens Training. The budget available for "Europe for Citizens" program have been cut by half, therefore chances for civic projects are quite more reduced.

Nevertheless, we feel a real need to invest on volunteers and staff of our NGO's through Europe, so as to give them more chance for successful civic action as public transport users. The same partnership is working together for this new tentative. At the end we will succeed !

See here a complete project presentation of this project.

 

Here we present a review that shows when train delays are accessible or not in Europe: 

 

 COUNTRY   RAILWAY     COMPANY URL(S)    FINDINGS         DATA
 AVAILABILITY
Germany Deutsche Bahn link
link
www.zugfinder.de 
Only previsional data,
Delays are unpublished  as soon as the train arrives
 smiley3
Austria

Österreichische

Bundesbahnen

www.oebb.at No real time data found  smiley4
Belgium SNCB

www.railtime.be
project.irail.be 

About 1 week of data

smiley2

Bulgaria BDZ www.oebb.at No real time data found  smiley4
Cyprus NONE NONE No train in Cyprus NONE 
Croatia HZ www.hzpp.hr/vozniredonline Only 2 next hours running train, In html form = no reusable  smiley3
Denmark DSB  www.dsb.dk No real time data found  smiley4
Spain RENFE www.renfe.com No real time data found  smiley4
Estonia EVR www.evr.ee No real time data found smiley4 
Finland VR www.infotripla.fi/digitraffic Web service = no reusable  smiley3
France SNCF

www.infolignes.com 
www.gares-en-mouvement.com

raildar.fr

About 1 day of data  smiley3
Greece OSE www.ose.gr No real time data found  smiley4
Hungary MAV www.elvira.hu registration needed smiley3 
Ireland Iarnród Éireann www.irishrail.ie No real time data found  smiley4
Italy Trenitalia www.viaggiatreno.it/viaggiatrenonew 
www.viaggiatreno.it/viaggiatrenonew (data)
1 day of data, work in javascript   smiley2
Latvia LDZ www.ldz.lv/lv No real time data found  smiley4
Lithuania Lietuvos geležinkeliai www.litrail.lt No real time data found  smiley4
Luxembourg CFL www.cfl.lu No real time data found  smiley4
Malta NONE NONE No train in Malta NONE 
Netherlands NS www.ns.nl/api/api Registration needed  smiley3
Poland PKP infopasazer.intercity.pl website in beta, 1 day of data  smiley3
Portugal CP www.cp.pt No real time data found  smiley4
Czech Republic CD

www.cd.cz/mapa 

www.cd.cz

real time map format ; char control = no reusable  smiley3
Romania CFR www.cfrcalatori.ro No real time data found  smiley4
United Kingdom NetworkRail

datafeeds.networkrail.co.uk
www.realtimetrains.co.uk

dataportal.orr.gov.uk

registration needed / OK  smiley2
Slovakia ZSSK poloha.vlaku.sk only running trains  smiley3
Slovenia SZ www.slo-zeleznice.si only running trains with delays  smiley3
Sweden SJ www.sj.se only running trains (and further without accuracy)  smiley3

 Last update: 14/11/2014

We will participate to a webinar organized this next Wednesday 12 November on gender and mobility.

Please read the instructions here below to participate !

 

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Subject: CIVITAS Integrated Planning Thematic Group: join our webinar on Gender Sensitive Mobility Planning
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:42:21 +0100
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Dear members of the CIVITAS Integrated Planning Thematic Group,

as you may know, a few months ago we have launched a collaborative interaction about gender-sensitive mobility planning, to gather  inputs, suggestions and contributions by the CIVITAS community and beyond.

In the last period we have been elaborating on this topic within the Group and the CIVITAS Wiki support action.

The interim result is the policy note “Gender equality and mobility: mind the gap!” (http://www.civitas.eu/content/civitas-policy-note-gender-equality-and-mobility-mind-gap), which was presented at the CIVITAS Forum in Casablanca during the second plenary session about the structural role of public transport in urban mobility.

Of course that was not the end of our work, also considering that the discussion in Casablanca showed that this is still a hot topic.

In fact, I would like to invite you to join the webinar “Gender sensitive mobility planning” on next Wednesday, November 12 @ 3 PM CET (see the attached agenda).

You can join the WEBINAR by registering here:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7323969360427492610

I hope you won’t miss the opportunity to attend the webinar, particularly if the topic is of your interest or if you just want to learn more and discuss with us.

Please feel free to extend this invitation to the contacts you have that may be interested.

More in general, you are more than welcome to follow the TG activities and events, contribute and interact with your peers through the following channels:

CIVITAS Thematic Group on Integrated Planning

http://civitas.eu/content/integrated-planning

CIVITAS Interactive

http://civitas.eu/thematic-cooperation

CIVITAS Urban Mobility Group on LinkedIn

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/CIVITAS-Urban-Mobility-4286016

Kind regards

Simone Bosetti
ingegnere dei trasporti / transport engineer

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1. Presentation

Open Delays aims to disclose a specific kind of transport datas: the delays.

Today, planned timetables of future trips have become generally available in multiple formats. Delays of the last hours of the day are also accessible on the train website, so you know wether your current train is on time. But the accumulated delays data are generally not available : you don't find easily the accumulation of passed exploitation data of a given train line during the last year. We think that the users should have access to delays data, and for sure the company that operates the trains, or a government office, should not be the only ones to access this data.

Our goal with Open Delays is to gather exploitation data, and make it accessible to the users. With Open Delays, you could know for example that the train you are stepping in, had this last year 15mn delay in 30% of its trips : you can prepare for a probable delay on your trip ! Outside of the single traveller needs, such an overview on exploitation data is also a powerful way to make service quality more transparent, and identify precisely where are the structural problems. 
Until recently, companies were very reluctant to realease that data. Now, times and minds have changed, and public transport institutions find quite normal that users can access exploitation data, even if they don't publish them actively. So we are happy to propose this tool, that allows the user to get an enhanced vision on transport exploitation. 
This initiative in publishing delays data is not new, but we try to propose a new approach : we propose a tool that is reusable for any transport system, and insist on the openness of delays data. We expect that Open Delays will be re-used into other solutions and applications, and that this will contribute to improve users' quality of life.

                                   Sample of Database  Sample of Database 

2. Technical aspects and project aim

  • Short program in python that pick-up one hour of data in Railtime.be website, and converts it into a CSV (comma-separated values) format.
  • Our aim is limited to gather the data, and for the moment not to perform additional statistics or queries on it.
  • Periodically, the gathered databases will be shared on our website in different ways (CSV, Excel/ODS sheet or directly viewable).
  • Fields gathered: date, hour, train number, train type, departure station, departure time and arrival station, delays at arrival station.
  • Download here [github] Open Delays program in python. Copyright 2014, WeMove & Samuel Jouan, GNU GPL v3.
  • Download a sample of data gathered with Open Delays : ODS, CSV (lightweight for web usage)
  • See the software development page on Github.

Technical infrastructure :

  • VPS : offer Classic v1 on OVH http://www.ovh.com/fr/vps/vps-classic.xml :
  • CPU 1 Core
  • RAM 1Go
  • Hard disk 10Go Raid 10
  • Bandwidth 100Mbps
  • MySQL server version: 5.5.40-0+wheezy1
  • MySQL Protocol version: 10
  • Webserver Apache/2.2.22 (Debian)
  • MySQL client version: 5.5.40
  • PHP extension: mysqli
  • phpMyAdmin Version information: 3.4.11.1deb2+deb7u1

Resources used 20 November :

  • %UC : 60% /coreV1, for 4 scripts
  • %RAM : 30% /1Go
  • %STORAGE: 10% /10Go

Scripts :

  • OpenDelays_it : 59 octets /record; 52k records/day = 1,1 Go/year
  • Opendelays_be1 : 50 octets /record; 22 k records/day = 400 Mo/year
  • Opendelays_be2 : 32 octets /record; 17 k records/day = 200 Mo/year
  • OpenDelays_uk : 79 octets /record; 250 k records/day = 7.2 Go/year

 

3. Milestones

1. Open Delays program written : DONE, 19 October 2014. See github for the code source.

2. Gathering delays data from 1 country : Belgium : DONE, 28 October 2014 . We are however not publishing the data now.

3. Gathering delays from 2 other European countries : United-Kingdom : DONE, 04 November 2014 ; Italy : DONE, 12 November 2014

4. Consolidating the system : RUNNING

4. Applications

Visualization of delays by Italian stations on 21 November 2014 - thanks to Patrick Hausman !

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5. Train delays accessibility in Europe

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See the table here

 

6. Open Delays development into phase 1.1

See here

 

 

 

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What is We Move, this new organization ? why are they involving ? Who is involving in Europe on the issue of passengers rights ? And why should I involve there as an European citizen and as a IT student? These were questions I’ve asked myself when I got the occasion to start an internship for this organization.

I'm learning these days a few things about public transport, but another important thing: these three worlds – IT, mobility and citizen rights are intertwined together.

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My name is Samuel Jouan, I'm 21 years old, and I'm a student in my second year at Exia, IT engineer school of Orléans, France. For passion and for studies, I'm used to work with data, websites, a few programming languages. My goal here for this Autumn 2014 internship is to have an overview about how works an organization, and to give a help in IT issues, as the website or specific projects.

My interest in We Move came from their ability to involve for citizen rights. I'm also a European citizen, I travel accross Europe in many different ways. That's why I felt involved by the issue of public transport, and I choose a civic organisation that cares about transport users.

I see We Move goal simply as this: making travels easier for everyone, because transport systems have been planned and controlled by the users.

I'd like Citizen's Mobility to truly produce advantage for users, and I hope I will be useful in this. I’ve come to the organization at an important time, after 1-2 years activity, still at beginning, but when it starts to have an impact on uses' lifes.

Since I use all kind of public transports in Brussels and Orléans and between these two cities, I noticed some bad facts, as the cost of transport tickets increasing every year, or that too many people still can't use public transport, because the service is poorly planned or not adapted to most common disabilities. Of course, now we move easier, faster and in a better way, but many progresses remain to be done for accessibility of public service.

Although I use daily public transport, I didn't imagine before that there were people, like those here at We Move and their partners, that involve for user's rights. I think it's indeed a good thing that, as users of public transport, we get organized and develop our rights.

I take awareness of all the work that still remains to be done. For what concerns the IT guy that I am, I like that We Move wants to use open data for the users, because it should be our right to access data, and I like that they want people to know their rights, and also fight for gender respect and many other similar issues. 

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After one year of work, we reached the need to build a more professional interface. This included a new website, a new brand, and a new name.

Instead of a free Wordpress.com template website, we use now our own Content Management System, based on Joomla, hosted on our own server, that we can fully customized. It's now ok, even if some aspects still need technical configuration.

We have now a visual identity - this logo with the '> >' that inspire action and mobility. It includes a 'payoff', that says shortly what we want to get : « better transport through citizens participation ».

« Citizens Mobility » was too long to pronounce. Our name becomes « We Move » : exactly the same meaning (We > Citizens, Mobility > Move), but shorter and more impacting.

We are proud to use the new « .center » internet domain name : this corresponds indeed to our intention to place the European citizen at the center of the decision-making processes.

Our registered organization remains however Citizens Mobility asbl, a non-for-profit NGO, set at Brussels Court Registry under number 547 603 305.

For the moment, we keep active both email domains This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and info@wemove.center.

We hope you enjoy the ride. Please feel free to send us any comment.  

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