asmith9983 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 15:31:43 GMT 2010
As well as the promotion of FLOSS and the publication of data formats on
the same Open basis (versus secret MS word formats), we should also
campaign for the free availability of wide range of data in everyday
public use, in open formats to use in a non-specified manner, to
eliminate screen scraping
e.g. TV schedules, timetables, council meeting agendas, court case
agendas, tenancy agreements, The Register,etc., insurance quotes,
On Wed, 2010-01-27 at 15:02 +0000, Smylers wrote:
> Dominic Thoreau writes:
> > 2010/1/27 Greg Sheard <g.m.sheard at qmul.ac.uk>:
> > > Metropolitan line to Uxbridge followed by a Heathrow-bound bus to
> > > Stockley Park.
> > That would be the A10
> "A10" turns out to be a bad name to pick for a bus route, or indeed
> anything else which is labelled with letters and digits (along the lines
> of it being confusing to use both "O" and "0").
> When discussing bus routes to the office, a colleague was puzzled by
> mention of the "8N", since he'd never seen a bus with that number on it.
> (Go on, _you_ try saying them differently ...)
> > If anyone has a copy of the route data for all of London Transport
> For some reason organizations that make money from buses, trains,
> delivering mail, selling cinema tickets, or broadcasting TV programmes
> seem most reluctant to make available the scheduling data -- as though
> they don't want it to be as easy as possible for people to find out
> about their services and give them money.
> And despite most of these services having government franchises,
> licences, or contracts, the government never seems to bother to
> stipulate that the schedule data be given away.
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