Informed Rural Passenger

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GetThere

About The App

GetThere is part of a passenger information system being developed as part of the Informed Rural Passenger project that allows users to view and provide information about bus locations.

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We are developing an intelligent information infrastructure / ecosystem which uses linked data principles to support integration of diverse datasets and reasoning over them. The ecosystem is being developed for the transport domain, but many of the services that are being developed for it are sufficiently general that they can be applied to other domains.

There are various categories of services within the ecosystem. Firstly we have data management services, which provide an API for accessing, creating, and querying a particularly dataset; these are mostly to make developers lives’ easier and supply little more than can be achieved via appropriate queries on a SPARQL endpoint. Secondly there are annotation / reasoning services, which make use of the data management services to perform some manage annotations / meta-information; for example, services that deal with recording provenance or assessing quality fall into this category. Finally, we have application services, that provide functionalities required by clients that want to make use of the data and services within the ecosystem.

The infrastructure has been designed to allow data and services provided by third parties to be easily incorporated. To date the services that have been developed have been created using technologies such as Java, Jena, Spring, and Maven, but there is no reason why services / datasets built using other technologies cannot be incorporated.

As per the modular design, the infrastructure is composed of several projects, which are available on github

irp-ecosystem-core Provides a Jena/Spring based API which can be used as the basis for new services within the ecosystem. It also provides some utility functions for, for example, querying remote SPARQL endpoints.

irp-ecosystem-transport Provides many of the transport services. These are mostly data management services, dealing with, for example querying NaPTAN/NPTG, handling timetable data, user profile management, and handling location observations.

irp-ecosystem-service-archetype Is a maven archetype that can be used to create a project with a skeleton service as the basis of a new service for the ecosystem. This depends on the irp-ecosystem-core project.

prov-api Provides Jena and SPARQL based APIs for management of provenance information expressed using the PROV-O ontology.

sensor-service Provides a SPARQL based API for the management of sensor data expressed using the Semantic Sensor Networks ontology.

QualityAssessmentFramework A framework designed to be extended for domain-specific quality assessment, as shown by the ecosystem-quality project which performs quality assessment for the GetThere system.

irp-ontologies Provides the ontologies for knowledge representation in the ecosystem.

Publications

Magazine Articles

Nagendra Velaga, John D Nelson, David Corsar, Jennifer Holden, “RTPI for rural areas: research at dot.rural Digital Economy Hub, University of Aberdeen” in article “Technologies and Components for Bus, Metro and Tram” (2012) Eurotransport, 10 (4), ITS & Traffic Management Supplement, p27-30.  August 2012

Nagendra Velaga, John D Nelson, Angela C. Marqui, David Corsar, David C Emele, Jennifer A. Holden “Intelligent Transport Systems for Rural Accessibility and Mobility”, ITS United Kingdom Review – Autumn/Winter 2012

Academic Publications
Journals

Velaga, N. R., Beecroft. M., Nelson, J. D., Corsar, D. and Edwards, P. (2012) “Transport poverty meets the digital divide: accessibility and connectivity in rural communities”. Journal of Transport Geography, 21(0), pp. 102-112

Velaga. N. R., Nelson, J. D., Sripada, S., Edwards, P., Corsar, D., Sharma, N. and Beecroft, M. (2012) “Development of a Hybrid Map-matching Algorithm for Rural Passenger Information Systems via Mobile Phones and Crowd-Sourcing”. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers

Conferences

Markovic M, Edwards P and Corsar D (2013), “Utilising Provenance to Enhance Social Computation”. In The Semantic Web – ISWC 2013. Sydney, Australia, October, 2013. Vol. 8219, pp. 440-447. Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Corsar, D., Edwards, P., Baillie, C., Markovic, M., Papangelis, K., and Nelson, J., “GetThere: A Rural Passenger Information System Utilising Linked Data & Citizen Sensing”.  In Eva Blomqvist and Tudor Groza editors, Proceedings of the ISWC 2013 Posters & Demonstrations Track, a track within the 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2013), Vol. 1035, pp 85-88, CEUR Workshop Proceedings. October 2013. Sydney, Australia

Velaga, N. R., Nelson, J. D, Papangelis, K., Corsar, D., and Edwards, P., “A Passenger Centric Information Eco-system for Integrated Flexible Transport Systems in Rural Areas”.  In General Proceedings of the 13th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR), July 2013. Brazil

Papangelis, K., Sripada, S., Nelson, J. D, Velaga. N. R., Edwards, P. and Corsar, D., “Examining the Effects of Disruption on the Travel Behaviour of Rural Travellers”. In General Proceedings of the 13th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR), July 15-18, 2013. Brazil

Papangelis, K., Sripada, S., Corsar, D., Velaga. N. R., Edwards, P., Nelson, J. D., “Developing a Real time Passenger Information System for Rural Areas”. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Lecture Notes in Computing Science, Vol. 8017, pp. 153-163. Springer-Verlag Berlin.   July 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Papangelis, K., Velaga. N. R., Sripada, S., Beecroft, M., Nelson, J. D., Anable, J., “Real-time Passenger Information in Rural Areas During Disruptions: A Conceptual Model Development and Evaluation”. In Proceedings of the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of National Academies, January 2013. Washington, D.C., USA

Baillie, C., Edwards, P. and Pignotti, E. “Quality Reasoning in the Semantic Web”. In Proceedings of the 11th International Semantic Web Conference. Lecture Notes in Computing Science, Vol 7650, pp. 383-390. Springer-Verlag Berlin. November 2012. Boston, USA

Velaga. N. R., Corsar, D., Edwards, P., Nelson, J. D., Sripada, S., Sharma, N. and Beecroft, M., “A Hybrid Map-matching Algorithm for Real Time Passenger Information Systems via Mobile Phones and Crowd-Sourcing”. In Proceedings of the IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation System (PLANS) Conference 2012. April 2012. Monterey, California, USA

Velaga. N. R., Nelson, J. D., Sripada, S., Edwards, P., Corsar, D., Sharma, N. and Beecroft, M., “Development of a Map-matching Algorithm for Rural Passenger Information Systems via Mobile Phones and Crowd-Sourcing”. In Proceedings of 91thAnnual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of National Academies. January 2012. Washington, D.C., USA

Baillie. C, Edwards. P, Pignotti. C. “Assessing Quality in the Web of Linked Sensor Data”. In Proceedings of the 25th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-11), pp. 1750-1751. AAAI Press. August 2011. San Francisco, USA

Edwards, P., Pignotti, E. and Corsar, D. “Provenance on the Web, Leaving the Walled Garden Behind… “In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Web Science, ACM WebSci ’11. June 2011, Koblenz, Germany

Workshops

Corsar D, Edwards P and Nelson J (2013), “Personal Privacy and the Web of Linked Data”, In Proceedings of Privacy Online 2013, a workshop co-located with the 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2013). Sydney, Australia, October, 2013

Baillie C, Edwards P, Pignotti E and Corsar D (2013), “Short Paper: Assessing the Quality of Semantic Sensor Data“, In Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Semantic Sensor Networks co-located with the 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2013). Sydney, Australia, October, 2013. Vol. 1063, pp. 71-76. CEUR Workshop Proceedings

Corsar D, Edwards P, Baillie C, Markovic M, Papangelis K and Nelson J (2013), “Short Paper: Citizen Sensing within a Real Time Passenger Information System”, In Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Semantic Sensor Networks co-located with the 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2013). Sydney, Australia, October, 2013. Vol. 1063, pp. 77-82. CEUR Workshop Proceedings

Markovic M, Edwards P and Corsar D (2013), “A Role for Provenance in Social Computation”, In Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Crowdsourcing the Semantic Web co-located with 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2013). Sydney, Australia, October, 2013. Vol. 1030, pp. 93-96. CEUR Workshop Proceedings

Edwards, P., Nelson, J. D., Corsar, D., Velaga. N. R., Beecroft, M., Sripada, S., Baillie, C., Papangelis, K., Markovic, M., “A Rural Real-time Passenger Information Ecosystem”. Sense Transport ’12 Proceedings of the 6th ACM workshop on Next generation mobile computing for dynamic personalised travel planning, pp .13-14, ACM New York. June 2012, Ambleside, United Kingdom

Baillie, C. and Edwards, P. and Pignotti, E. “Quality Assessment, Provenance, and the Web of Linked Sensor Data”. In Groth, P. and Frew, J. editors, Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes, 4th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2012. Lecture Notes in Computing Science, Vol. 7525, pp. 220-222.  Springer-Verlag Berlin. June 2012. California, USA

Corsar, D., Edwards, P., Velaga. N. R., Nelson, J. D., and Pan. J. Z., “Exploring Provenance in a Linked Data Ecosystem.” In Groth, P. and Frew, J. editors, Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes, 4th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2012. Lecture Notes in Computing Science, Vol. 7525, pp. 226-228.  Springer-Verlag Berlin. June 2012. California, USA

Markovic M, Edwards P, Corsar D and Pan J.  “DEMO: Managing the Provenance of Crowdsourced Disruption Reports”. In Groth, P. and Frew, J. editors, Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes, 4th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2012. Lecture Notes in Computing Science, Vol. 7525, pp. 209-213.  Springer-Verlag Berlin. June 2012. California, USA

Markovic, M., Edwards, P., Corsar, D., Pan, J. Z. “The Crowd and the Web of Linked Data: A Provenance Perspective”. In Proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium on Wisdom of the Crowd, Technical Report SS-12-06, AAAI Press, pages 50-51, March 2012. California, USA

Corsar, D., Edwards, P., Velaga, N., Nelson, J., and Pan, J. Z. “Short Paper: Addressing the Challenges of Semantic Citizen-Sensing”. In Taylor, K., Ayyagari, A., and De Roure, D. editors Proceedings of The 4th International Workshop on Semantic Sensor Networks 2011 (SSN11), a workshop of the 10th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2011), pp. 90-95.  CEUR Workshop Proceedings. October 2011. Bonn, Germany

All Hands Meetings

Markovic, M., Edwards, P., Corsar, D., and Pan, J. Z. “Provenance and Social Machines”. Digital Futures 2012 The Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. 23-25 October 2012, Aberdeen, UK

Corsar, D., Baillie, C., Markovic, M., Edwards, P., Nelson, J., Velaga, N., Beecroft, M., Sripada, S., Pan, J. Z., Papangelis, K.  “A Rural Passenger Information System Utilising Linked Data & The Crowd”.  Digital Futures 2012 The Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. 23-25 October 2012, Aberdeen, UK

Edwards, P., Burnett, C., Corsar, D., Pignotti, E.  “Towards an Ecosystem for Social Computation on the Web”. Digital Futures 2012 The Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. 23-25 October 2012, Aberdeen, UK

Baillie, C., Edwards, P., Pignotti, E.  “A Role for Provenance in Quality Assessment”. Digital Futures 2012 The Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. 23-25 October 2012, Aberdeen, UK

Corsar, D. and Edwards, P., “Enhancing Open Data with Provenance”. Digital Futures 2012 The Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. 23-25 October 2012, Aberdeen, UK

Papangelis, K., Velaga, N. R., Sripada, S., Beecroft, M., Nelson, J. D., Anable, J. “Real-time Passenger Information in Rural Areas During Disruptions: A Conceptual Model Development”. Digital Futures 2012 The Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. 23-25 October 2012, Aberdeen, UK

Velaga, N., Pangbourne, K., and Papangelis, K. “GNSS-based Dynamic Road User Charging System ”. Digital Futures 2012 The Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. 23-25 October 2012, Aberdeen, UK

Edwards, P., Corsar, D., Nelson, J., Velaga, N., Beecroft, M., Pan, J. Z., Sripada, S.  “Building an Information Ecosystem for Public Transport in Rural Areas”.  Digital Engagement 2011, The Second Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. November 2011, Newcastle, UK

Baillie, C., Edwards, P., Pignotti, E.  “Evaluating Quality using Sensor Metadata and Provenance”. Digital Engagement 2011, The Second Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. November 2011, Newcastle, UK

Papangelis, K. Velaga, N., Sripada, S., Nelson, J., Edwards, P., and Corsar, D.  “Exploiting Digital Technologies to Promote Sustainable Travel Behaviour in Rural Areas.”  Digital Engagement 2011, The Second Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. November 2011, Newcastle, UK

Pignotti, E., Corsar, D., and Edwards, P.  “Provenance Principles for Open Data”. Digital Engagement 2011, The Second Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. November 2011, Newcastle, UK

Baillie, C., Edwards, P., Pignotti, E., and Reid, R.  “Provenance in the Web of Linked Sensor Data”. Digital Futures 2010, The First Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. October 2010, Nottingham, UK

Public Engagement

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Researchers involved in the Informed Rural Passenger project have taken part in several user engagement activities ranging from business facing events to schools work.

  • Design an App workshop with P5 and P6 classes at Glashieburn Primary School, Aberdeen as part of National Science and Engineering Week, Chris Baillie, 21 March 2013.
  • Design an App workshop with P4 class at Skene Square Primary School, Aberdeen as part of National Science and Engineering Week, Milan Markovic, 18 March 2013.
  • Innovate 2013 Exhibition, Business Design Centre, London, Yaji Sripada, 6 March 2013.
  • Talk at ITS UK Public Transport Interest Group Seminar, London, John Nelson, 28 February 2013.
  • Talk and GetThere demonstrated at “Transformation through Digital Innovation” Cafe Sci talk as part of Dundee Science Festival, Dundee, David Corsar, 7 November 2012.
  • SICSA Demofest 2012, Edinburgh, showcasing GetThere, Edinburgh Informatics Form, Edinburgh, David Corsar 6 November 2012.
  • Participation in Speed Science, SpeigelTent, Aberdeen during British Science Festival, Nagendra Velaga, 11 September 2012.
  • Demonstration of GetThere to Rt. Hon. David Willets, Minister for Universities and Skills during visit to dot.rural, Pete Edwards, John Nelson, Milan Markovic, Chris Baillie, 7 September 2012.
  • GetThere demonstrated at “Transformation through Digital Innovation” Cafe Sci talk, Banchory during British Science Festival, Milan Markovic, 6 September 2012.

presentations

FITS and IRP

Presented by Nagendra Velaga, as a dot.rural seminar on 24th November 2010.
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Geovation Camp pecha kucha

Presented by David Corsar, at the Geovation Competition camp, attended by David, Nagendra Velaga, and Nirwan Sharma, at the Ordnance Survey’s head office in Southampton, on 25 – 27 March 2011.
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The Collectively Informed (and Intelligent) Rural Passenger

Presented by David Corsar, at the workshop on Collective Intelligence, at the SICSA PhD Conference 2011, Edinburgh, 24th May 2011.
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Provenance and the Informed Rural Passenger

Presented by David Corsar, at the Developing a Set of Provenance Principles for Linked Open Data workshop, organised as part of the e-Science Institute‘s mini-theme on Provenance and Linked Open Data, on 27 June 2011.
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An Overview of Provenance Research Activities at Aberdeen

Presented by David Corsar, at the SICSA Workshop on Provenance, Sensor Networks and Workflows, on 28 July 2011.
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The Informed Rural Passenger

Presented by David Corsar, at a SESTran Real Time Passenger Information Scheme Local Authority Update Meeting, Edinburgh, 2nd December 2013.
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The Informed Rural Passenger

Presented by Caitlin Cottrill, at an invited workshop at Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany, 15th December 2013.
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The Informed Rural Passenger

Presented by David Corsar, at a ITS-UK PTIG meeting, London, 4th March 2014.
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