City Challenges

Weekly Experimenter News and Events



MobiliCity is asking our volunteers to update their data once now (end of Feb/beginning of March) so that we can ensure all their phones are tracking everything correctly. For people who are not comfortable giving us their data, we are also adding a new feature to our website – a ‘blank’ map – and will be inviting people via social media to add comments about their experiences, and black spots around London (this will allow us some qualitative analysis as well as quantitative). We continue to look for any mobility-impaired users who would like to upload their data, as well as more “control” data from those who do not consider themselves to be mobility-impaired.


These are our progress in recent days. First the technical side:

  • A key aspect in our experiment is to have a detailed information about the street network of the city of Santander. We are using data from the open database OpenStreetMap and we are also improving the data provided by the community. We have programmed a script that helps us correct geodata topology errors.
  • On the other hand, we have collected some features about bus stops. We think it can be interesting to add them to the stop descriptor. The great thing about this file is that it allows you to indicate to user when a stop has a ticket machine, bike storage, lighting, pavement features, etc. At the moment we have focused on indicating if the bus stop has shelter or a bench. This information is valuable, for example, for people with reduced mobility.
  • Finally, we’ve got a unique ID that identifies each trips. The Trip represents a journey taken by a vehicle through stops.

On the non-technical side, we had a meeting with the Municipal Urban Transport Service of Santander to communicate the development of the experiment and obtain feedback that improves RISUM.
After correcting some problems, we will focus on the integration of data in the Organicity platform.


This week, the Research[x]Design team installed several public visualizations at shops in the Calle San Fransisco street in Santander. As mentioned in previous posts, one public visualization kit exists of 1 interactive display that allows voting on a particular question, and 4 non-interactive displays that show related data, viewpoints or suggestions. The shops may put these displays together, and hang them on their window or walls, or distribute them apart from each other. The local shops provide us with feedback on a daily basis: after the first day, they changed the question, added additional explanations on an additional screen and changed the distribution of the displays.


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