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The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has announced the opening of public voting for the NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition. The big apple has wasted no time in following last year's successful competition with 350 datasets from over 40 agencies. From the looks of the apps, the NYC tech community is already fired up about the competition.
Riders on New York City subways are subject to all sorts of sights. For several months, that has included prominent advertisements for the MTA API, the developer program of New York City's transit company. The ad (pictured below) includes the headline, "Our apps are whiz kid certified."
Online mapping and directions innovator MapQuest has been building new web services on top of data from the publicly-editable OpenStreetMap project since the company announced a new open platform initiative in August. Now MapQuest has a new addition to its family of open data–based services, bike routes:
Cycling in the UK is not only a popular past time but and also a real commuting choice. The UK has numerous defined cycle routes and many towns and cities have designated cycling lanes and more recently London introduced a cycling scheme fondly referred to as Boris' Bikes after the current Mayor of London. Since more and more people are using a bicycle as a preferred method of transport, and with cyclists having a different selection of routes, on top of the ordinary street network, than alternative transportation methods, it makes sense for there to be a need for a bicycle journey planning web application and API.
Travel information service, Travelport is about to release what many are calling a "game-changing" Universal API. The new API hopes to make tons of information more easily available to travel agents and travel-related companies by funneling several information sources into one, all encompassing, API.
Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite. This is a cute saying if you have never had the misfortune of actually letting the bed bugs bite. But a quick Google image search shows that these little critters are no fun at all. A Yahoo Maps mashup is trying to help you find them before they get you.
As a DC-area resident, I've been one of many local developers saying that the DC Metro needs some sort of API. If anything, just to be able to build or integrate transit routes into existing apps. The wait appears over and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority now has an API.
A new bicycle wheel prototype is connecting the non-technical, everyday world to the Web. The Copenhagen Wheel attaches to an ordinary bike and helps its owner collect fitness and location data. From an iPhone, the rider can also see traffic and polution information and share their own data with friends. This real world mashup is one of many we're bound to start seeing released as we make our move toward living in the future.
Once the largest transit agency without open data, New York City's MTA embraced developers by making its data feed available to all. Now it's going a step further by organizing an unconference for developers. Further, the event will be hosted at the New York offices of Google, a long supporter of open transit data.
Have you had to pick someone up from the airport only to end-up doing several laps of the airport because the flight was late? This sort of setback due to arrival delays is one of those modern day inconveniences that FlightCaster and their FlightCaster API hope to eliminate.
The travel site Orbitz has partnered with Google to show a virtual walking tour of the neighborhood around a hotel. You and I know it as the Street View API, part of Google Maps (our Google Maps API profile).
Developer Richard Brundritt has created a new Flight Simulator plugin for Microsoft Virtual Earth (our Virtual Earth API profile) that uses the VE3D map control to provide a very cool user experience.By leveraging the 3D API, Richard has managed to create the first flight simulation experience
Chicago commuters just got a new resource that may lead to more helpful mashups: the Chicago Transit Authority Bus Tracker API. As recently announced, the API provides capability for developers to get bus routes and schedules, bus stop and arrival predictions, and more. Note that the API is not affiliated with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA); rather, it was developed and is maintained by Harper Reed, who says the CTA has been "amazingly cool with all of this." In announcing the API, Harper wrote: