Case Studies

These case studies are a collection of impact stories, apps, and maps, and were inspired by transportation and mobility data from the Smart Columbus Operating System. 

IMPACT STORIES

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STREAMING DATA FEED SHOWS RIDERS WHERE THEIR BUS IS IN REAL-TIME

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is the region's public transportation leader, with nearly 19 million passenger trips in 2017. For many residents, the COTA bus is their ride to work, to school, to the doctor or to the grocery store. COTA was named Outstanding Public Transportation System among midsize agencies in 2018 by the American Public Transportation Association. Innovation was one of the qualities that earned it this distinction, and technology played no small role.

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USING DATA TO OPTIMIZE CITY PARKING

Columbus is America’s test market for everything from restaurants and fashion to technology and transportation. The City of Columbus Division of Parking Services has adopted this “test market” approach to using data and technology to improve services for residents and businesses.

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VOLUNTEER CODERS HELP FAMILIES IN NEED FIND FOOD PANTRIES

Imagine a social services search engine that allows people-in-need to find the service they need, when they need it – from a food pantry for groceries or a meal, to a shelter or utility assistance. 

Not only does someone need to know the location of the service provider, but they also need to know eligibility requirements, hours of operations and often wheelchair accessibility

MAPS

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PARKING METERS: CASH VS. CREDIT

This visualization shows the number of parking meter transactions and how they were paid for in Columbus, Ohio.

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PARKING VIOLATIONS HEAT MAP

This visualization shows the number of parking violations at meters in Columbus, Ohio, from 2013 to 2018

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VISUALIZATION OF COLUMBUS TRANSIT DATA

This is a comprehensive dashboard of visualizaitons created using Central Ohio Transit Authority data within the Smart Columbus Operating System

APPS

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SCODE COMMUNITY RESOURCE LOCATOR

Last year, Smart Columbus Open Data Enthusiats (SCODE) was issued an Open Design Challenge. The challenge was to help people find and access Community Services using data from the Smart Columbus Operating System (SCOS). SCODE members could build an interactive map, displaying locations of active service providers where users could navigate the map by location, service provider, and service offerings.

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CURA TRANSPORTATION ACCESSIBILITY DASHBOARD

The transit accessibility visualization tool allows the user to see what bus stops can be accessed from a particular origin (depicted as black pin) in a specified amount of time. It can show accessibility based on published schedule (depicted in blue) or based on the realtime bus data for the specified date and time (depicted in red). The tool provides a powerful means of visualizing mobility on the bus network, as well as the impact that delays have on this mobility.