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GTFS for the developing world[edit]

This resource might be useful, as it is interested in GTFS in an international/developing world context: Google Group - Making GTFS work for the rest of the world --Aaron 17:51, 19 July 2013 (PDT)

  • Thanks Aaron - this is an important point given Appropedia's global scope v. much including developing countries. I will add the link, and also make a note about the fact that GTFS doesn't work ideally for all systems yet, and that additions are under consideration. --PatSunter 18:38, 19 July 2013 (PDT)

GTFS vs alternative standards[edit]

Paraphrasing a comment by colleauge Carl Fredlund: GTFS isn't the only standard for transport timetable information, and has some limitations other than those commented upon with this page. Perhaps we should remain open to different approaches for different applications, e.g. long-distance bus travel?

Make this a category page?[edit]

There are so many GTFS applications, technologies, and practices out there, and no easy & collective way to track them all. Would it make sense to make this a category page? Then we could arrange various articles in that category? I'd really like to bring something back like Joe Hughes's Headway wiki (now-defunct): http://web.archive.org/web/20120418174547/http://headwayblog.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page --Aaron (talk) 27 January 2014

  • Hi Aaron - a GTFS category sounds good. I'm not too sure about 'best practice' on Appro for creating category pages, I've seen several cases where there is a longer normal 'page' and then the Category page has a short blurb on the topic then refers to the normal page. I'll chase up a few more examples. --PatSunter (talk) 13:58, 27 January 2014 (PST)
I lean towards having content on regular pages, with categories mainly for navigation – there are a few exceptions to this on Appropedia, but those are mainly for classes.
Note that it's possible to display the pages of a category anywhere you want using the CategoryTree tool. E.g. see Resources for aid and development workers. --Chriswaterguy (talk) 15:27, 30 January 2014 (PST)
Thanks Chris! The CategoryTree tool looks like a good option and may well fit the bill of I think what Aaron was getting at - that the main GTFS page as well as introductory info would also be a meta-page with automatic links to pages with more specific detail. It looks like a key thing then is to think up an appropriate simple sub-category hierarchy then for classifying the sub-pages. Maybe Aaron you could propose a few of these based off the Headway Wiki? --PatSunter (talk) 16:02, 30 January 2014 (PST)

Judging by a quick look at Headway wiki this would include:

  • GTFS consumers
  • GTFS-providing Agencies (although this probably now at least partly covered by City-go-round and the GTFS Data exchange site?)
  • GTFS software (a bit of overlap with the Open Source Transport Informatics tools pages I've set up, but I'm happy to refactor, and certainly I'm no zealot about only listing FOSS tools - see it as fine to add non-FOSS tools. I know a lot of content in your GTFS working papers would be suitable here)
Just more generally too :- I see some of your pages are more general than GTFS, perhaps this is relevant to the Transport informatics idea I've been thinking about a little and created a page for - I put a few links between relevant pages, feel free to add more detail there.