Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility

PTP Project to Use Open Data Kit

The Transit, Technology, and Public Participation Project will use the Open Data Kit (ODK) suite of tools to collect transit rider information in the field.

Using ODK Collect, one application in the ODK suite, surveyors will be able to collect location, video, and audio information in addition to traditional text-based data.  ODK runs on the Android platform an operating system for smartphones, slate computers, and other mobile devices.

The Transit, Technology, and Public Participation project will survey Metro Area Transit riders at bus stops and on vehicles to collect travel behavior and transit service information.   Location-capture will be used to geotag completed surveys while audio-capture will allow survey participants to provide detailed, open-ended responses to survey questions.

The Open Data Kit is a collection of open-source and standards-based tools designed to help organizations collect, aggregate and visualize their data.

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