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More service and quality thanks to open data

Data can turn into a treasure if used properly. The figuring out of the details is being left to the experts by DB.

Massive amounts of data passes through and is processed in the data centres of Deutsche Bahn – a valuable resource, if used properly. This information holds great potential for applications to improve rail operations and services. Figuring out how to process this data is a task DB is leaving to the experts. This is why DB has been releasing data on e.g. stations and the railway network on the DB Open Data Portal since last year. This allows interested developers to develop their own applications and provide feedback.

Long-distance timetable now available

A milestone: Since 25 February, DB is providing access to its long-distance timetable on the platform for the first time. "We are convinced that this will give us new ideas and cooperation opportunities for innovative services and solutions", said Mathias Hüske, Managing Director of Digital Business at DB Vertrieb.

In collaboration with the community

DB is working closely and on an equal footing with the open data community. During a hackathon at the "DB mindbox" innovation lab in December, for example, more than 115 participants from the open data community, DB and Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe developed 18 new applications, websites and instruments within a 24-hour period. In a subsequent competition, the objective was to come up with ideas of how to prepare data on lifts. One of the winning projects: an interactive map of Germany that shows the status of station lifts and thus facilitates maintenance – one example of what is possible when using data intelligently.

Open data is also a part of the quality programme of DB's "Zukunft Bahn" project.