World’s public transport database WikiRoutes will supply the maps service HERE with information on routes of the public transport (PT) and the schedule of its’ work in 20 countries, including Russia, the states of the CIS and Eastern Europe. In turn HERE is ready to help with integration of its’ services into work of WikiRoutes. The corresponding agreement was concluded between two companies in April, 2018.
Victor Rudoy, the head of the regional office of the HERE company in Russia and the CIS countries, is sure that by means of information obtained from
WikiRoutes, users of HERE will be able to choose the PT routes suitable for them quicker.
“For us WikiRoutes is an excellent supplier of the qualitative data relating to Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe which we gratefully use in our B2B location-platform and in some other products”, – he has noted.
In turn, the founder and the owner of the WikiRoutes service Alexander Mustafin considers cooperation with HERE as virtual investments into the project. “Interaction with HERE will allow us to improve quality of the data provided to users in Russia and also to increase WikiRoutes coverage worldwide, – he has said. – We are open for cooperation regarding public transit data provision for all companies which need this data in their businesses”.
About Wikiroutes and transit data
Wikiroutes provides public transportations data based solely on information contributed by its users. Wikiroutes is used by millions every year in more than 20 countries. Its database makes it possible to search for the best routes on public transportation and check for specific information about lines: schedule, fare, changes in the trajectory and much more. Wikiroutes unique data is in high demand for research, navigation and location-based services.
Problem and solution
It is 2018 and there is still no single source of public transport data in developing countries for daily commuters, travellers and global transport, mapping, and technology companies.
Wikiroutes recognized three main problems that can be solved by a crowdsourcing platform:
· The data must be aggregated and normalized
· Even official data is of generally poor quality
· Civic authorities cannot, or do not create data on public transportation feeds, e.g. GTFS
There are thousands of cities in the world with public transportation and only in a small number of them you can find digitized data. Wikiroutes team believes that this problem can be solved effectively only by people who live in those cities with the help of a convenient crowdsourcing editor.
Precise and up-to-date public transportation routes data is, and always has been, in a high demand all over the world. In addition, there is a rising demand for such information with the development of Smart Cities and IoT initiatives.
Wikiroutes handles public transportation data in more than 1500 cities in 20 countries. This became possible due to the fact that product development is now global and mobile. The popularity of mobile phones provides them with even more opportunities for data editing in such developing countries like Brazil or India.
How Wikiroutes gets transit database?
Transit static data is edited by the community of thousands of editors, i.e. crowdsourced. Currently the Wikiroutes project numbers are:
· 3 million monthly website visitors,
· coverage in 20 countries (with full coverage in 5 of them)
· 45000 existing routes and 22455 projects of new routes.
Anyone can become a Wikiroutes editor. Simply sign up on wikiroutes.info/en/ and start drawing routes that you use in your daily commute. In many countries Wikiroutes reached a critical mass of editors which enables their crowdsourcing to work.
The data obtained from users can be then integrated into any mapping system and can add value to other GIS datasets.
Why editors are motivated to spend time on Wikiroutes?
Wikiroutes editors are transportation enthusiasts and people who are familiar with crowdsourcing. The most rewarding thing for them is to see the data in their city nice and clean and up-to-date so that thousands of other commuters and travellers could reach for it in their daily trips. Drawing routes and finding information sources is also entertaining and sometimes challenging since most of the data does not conveniently lie on the surface and they have make small researchers to find stops locations with the help of satellite maps or street view, draw the trajectory so that it matches the track, etc.
Another reason is that editors do not have the dedicated app in their cities to search for optimal routes between A and B. By contributing transit static data they receive this opportunity in Wikiroutes apps and give it to other commuters and tourists of their city as well (e.g. in Russia Google maps has coverage only in 30 cities).
Does Wikiroutes has quality control system?
Wikiroutes developed a quality control system where one editor checks the other and votes for the changes.
Editors add and edit data: they make changes to text information, trajectory of routes and add new routes. Platform requires all users to provide the source of information: official news of changes or a document about opening or changing of the route.
As in any crowdsourcing project, Wikiroutes implemented a mutual test for information quality. Users and editors evaluate each other’s edits. There is also a special users ranking system which automatically evaluates the amount of editor’s contribution including voting, adding new routes, commenting, etc. When an edit reaches a certain number of votes for or against, the changes are being thereof accepted or rejected. Wikiroutes team members also participate in data quality process. They help resolve controversial issues and more carefully check edits of new editors. This ensures the quality and accuracy of the data. Everyday Wikiroutes community and moderators verify several hundreds of edits. This enables Wikiroutes to provide daily or monthly updates of information.
WikiRoutes’ founder Alexander Mustafin will be happy to answer your questions: https://www.facebook.com/alexander.mustafin/