Data sets

Here’s a list of data sets and data sources (including things like web pages) that may be of use on the day.

If you have suggestions for what should go on the list please leave a comment.


Websites with transport related information


Inspiration from Brussels

Though he now can’t make it today (think of the lovely lunch he’ll be missing!), Tony Seddon has sent me a link to the Brussels web portal for their city transport services which gives real-time updates of the arrival times at any bus stop.

He thinks that it would be really useful to have something similar in Manchester via a web page and / or as a phone app. As he says, “Many is the time I have stood at a bus stop where there is no timetable info and wondering when / if a bus is ever going to appear.”


David Bamber who’ll be coming along today is planning to spend time today working on his project SpendReview, which is an interactive infographic in Silverlight.

As David says, “Although what I’m hacking isnt really transport related (it was just to get me in the mood for playing around with some of the DataGM data) you could place it on the list – Ill be working on it tomorrow.”

So if there’s any DataGM gurus out there seek out David and give him a hand. If you’re not a guru then seek him out anyway and help him test it.

Swirrl and bus timetable data app

Via a tweet on the Twitter, I spotted that Bill and Ric from Swirrl are hoping to work on an app today that uses bus timetable data.

You can read more on the Swirrl blog about their thoughts behind this and the work done so far. Interesting reading!

Project: Go Genie

Alison from Pesky People, one of the attendees of today’s hack day, has asked me to put up information about the Go Genie project.

As Alison says, “I received funding from NESTA to build an accessibility platform that enables disabled and deaf people find access info online in one place called Go Genie including transport routes / data. As the event is very much about open data I’m keen to learn / network and throw the odd ‘what about our access’ and other suggestions around digital access for disabled people. I’m also seeking suitable developers to do the build so will come with some briefing info to distribute.”

You can download a PDF about the Go Genie project here, and watch this two minute video that illustrates how Go Genie might work on a website, which is taken from Pesky People’s YouTube channel.

About the event partners

Here’s a bit more information about the event partners.


FutureEverything creates year-round Digital Innovation projects that combine creativity, participation and new technologies to deliver elegant business and research solutions. In 2010 we launched the FutureEverything Award, an international prize for artworks, social innovations or software and technology projects that bring the future into the present.

The company is most widely known for its well-established annual conference and festival of Art, Music and Ideas during May in Manchester, England.

Find out more at

MadLab (Manchester Digital Laboratory)

The Madlab is a community space for people who want to do and make interesting stuff – a place for geeks, artists, designers, illustrators, hackers, tinkerers, innovators and idle dreamers; an autonomous R&D laboratory and a release valve for Manchester’s creative communities.

Find out more at

Open Data Manchester

Manchester is overflowing with developers, designers and people curious about statistical data and information visualisation. They all have ideas about how to use publicly available data from a wide range of sources. The mission of Open Data Manchester is to:

  • Help developers and designers become more familiar with tools, datasets and other projects around the World
  • Identify datasets of use to local data users and of interest to us generally
  • To provide a catalyst for local authorities in Manchester and the North so that they might make data available for exploration, knowing there are established groups who wish to use it

Find out more on the Open Data Manchester Google Group at


DataGM has been created by public sector organisations in Greater Manchester, to release and bring together in one place, as much of the data they hold as possible.

Find out more at and get access to lots of lovely data at


Manchester Digital Development Agency – MDDA – is based in Manchester, UK and is part of Manchester City Council. MDDA works with a wide range of local, national and international partners from the government, academic, business and community sectors. Its role is to support the regeneration of the city-region through the strategic and practical work of its technology-focused projects.

Find out more at

About the event sponsors BCS Manchester branch

The Lovely Data Transport Hack Day is sponsored by the Manchester branch of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

BCS Manchester Branch

At BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, their mission is to enable the information society. They promote wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice.

They bring together industry, academics, practitioners and government to share knowledge, promote new thinking, inform the design of new curricula, shape public policy and inform the public.

Find out more about the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, at and