iRail and Open Transport Data

iRail and Open Transport Data

The story so far. Links in the presentation:
* Links to our news and data at
* Our API:
* Search through code snippets:
* See our requests happening in realtime:
* Crowd-funding page:
* GTFS data:
* Real-time dashboard:
* Publications:
* Visualizations by Alvin Chua:
* Open Knowledge Belgium:
* Open Summer of code:
* Conference:


Pieter Colpaert

November 22, 2016


  1. @iRail iRail and Open Data

  2. iRail: supporting digital creativity in mobility since 2010

  3. iRail supports developers with access to Belgian mobility data Through

    an API and through data dumps Links to our data at
  4. 1. A route planning API

  5. Powering route planning apps or integrations

  6. We are popular among developers and companies * github is

    the “facebook for developers” Github* search:
  7. iRail API usage statistics per month (only SNCB route planning)

    Launch occupancy scores spitsgids Railtime disappeared
  8. See requests happening live here:

  9. Spitsgids how busy will your train be?

  10. iRail query logs iRail user feedback Predictions using data analytics

    Source: Rail4Brussels (2016)
  11. Railer Iphone app And we get this data adopted by

    other applications
  12. Partnership with Funded by the crowd:

  13. Our data is again published and reused as Open Data

  14. Used by: FlatTurtle,,,, CityMapper, Door2Door, Transit App,

    Metro Time, Bing Maps,, Go-About, Plannerstack… Provides timetables 100% coverage for Belgium since 2015 De Lijn, TEC, STIB & SNCB 2. GTFS & GTFS-RT data dumps Simple overview of realtime data
  15. Research output: 26 papers and counting Full list at

    E.g., origin destination visualization by dr. Alvin Chua (KU Leuven):
  16. Check out our other working groups: (OpenStreetMap, Open Access,

    Wikimedia, Creative Commons…) Our summer event: Our conference: Today: part of Open Knowledge Belgium vzw/asbl