Saturday, February 22, 2014

REALLY!?! - On the Problem of Incomplete Data

A couple of months ago, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) opened their data for Google (maps). Whether this can be already considered "open data" or not, is not todays subject.  Wiener Linien (let's call them the Vienna Transport Authority) did not.

My concern is, that Google now has the time table data of the railways, but not of the (local) public transport in Vienna (underground, tram, bus).

Which leads to incomplete data for commuters in and around Vienna (within Google Maps), or a segment, which I in reverence of SNL like to call


So, because there is no underground/metro/tube data. Incidentally ÖBB also operate the airport transfer bus, which happens to have a station right next to my office. And thus... Google Maps fills the gap in Vienna with a nice little transfer to the airport and back to my office... Because that's the only routing data (apart from walking) the find.

My regular commute time is around 50 mins.
So please, all, get your act together.

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