There is a wide array of data, products, resources, and tools available and in the spirit of “emergence” and getting data out of silos, this blog post list a bunch of them. The tools, techniques, resources also make it possible to combine data in insightful ways.
When you start working with data around transportation and geospatial analysis, you’ll enter a world full of technical terms and acronyms. It can be daunting at first, but you can learn step by step and there are countless resources to help you along the way.
Before you jump into data, here are a few essential resources and tools to take you from the basics (no coding required) to pro techniques:
- Maps 101. The Maptime meetups in San Francisco, Oakland, and other cities have a number of useful tutorials and glossaries for the world of mapping, cartography, and geospatial data.
- Building a Visualization of Transit using GTFS— A tutorial by Anya A’Hearn. Use Tableau to visualize Bart and Google’s General Transit Feed Specification data (See data below.)
- Cool Tools for Analysis of Public Transit Data— A tutorial for using Esri’s ArcGIS product to analysis transportation networks and services.
- 13 Tools and Resources for Better Data Visualizations — Article by Jimmy Chase with tools, techniques, and inspirational examples of good data visualizations.
- Getting Started with D3.js — Book includes a number of examples of using D3.js with maps and spatial analysis. One of the more interesting examples is creating a graph of the New York Metro system, which is done by analyzing the Google Transit specification for MTA with NetworkX.
- Data Science and Visualization for City Planning— Geoff Boeing’s excellent Planetizen courses on how to model urban forms with open source and open data. Python notebooks and easy to follow code examples are here.
There a number of data tools you can use to analyze and visualize transportation and geospatial data without needing to code.
- Open Street Map — Open source map of the world. If you only need data for once city like San Francisco, Interline Technologies provides bite-sized extracts of metro areas.
- Mobility Explorer — A tool for visualizing public transit networks across different modes and operators.
- Google Transit APIs — GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification) is an open data standard for public transit schedules and real-time data. (There is a similar standard for bike share.)
- Mapbox — Products and services that help you to design custom base maps and visualize data.
- Carto — Products and services for business intelligence and insights from location data. Carto allows you to quickly visualize and analyze large geospatial datasets