Civic hackers aim to crack open public data



By Jon Collins, MPR News

” ST. PAUL, Minn. — After Matt Decuir moved from Seattle to Minneapolis earlier this year, he missed the real-time apps he’d used to find out exactly when Seattle buses or trains would arrive at a stop.

Metro Transit tracks each vehicle by GPS, but doesn’t present the information in an easily accessible way, Decuir said.

At a “hackathon” organized in June, where programmers gather to brainstorm and collaborate, Decuir and four other programmers decided to tackle the problem directly. “

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