Institute of Urban Transport launches Data Visualization Challenge at UMI 2014 with support from EMBARQ India
The Institute of Urban Transport has launched a unique opportunity for the public to interpret and visualize how people work, live and play in urban India through a data visualization challenge. This challenge is being organized in partnership with EMBARQ India, CEPT, SPA, ITDP, GIZ, and Clean Air Asia. Shortlisted visualizations will be displayed at the Urban Mobility India Conference 2014, organized by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, in Delhi from 25 - 28th November 2014. Mobility is a much discussed and studied facet of urban life and this is the first time that a challenge of this kind and scale has been organized. “All data contains stories waiting to be told. The Institute of Urban Transport is being a frontrunner by opening its dataset to the public,” says Madhav Pai, Director, EMBARQ India. “We are hoping that this data will be harnessed by urban designers, technologists and civil society to demonstrate insights and visualize urban transport challenges and solutions.” “It is essential that the public access data and contribute to how the data is used for serving them better, says O P Agarwal, Director, Institute of Urban Transport. Several governments across the world, from Mexico to Singapore, have organized open data initiatives, which have accelerated innovation and entrepreneurship in the transport industry.
“We hope that this challenge will encourage public agencies to open their data to the public, facilitate active citizen participation and boost free enterprise in the mobility space,” says Madhav. The challenge is open till 19th November 2014. The winners will receive their awards at the UMI Conference 2014 by the Honorable Minister for Urban Development, Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu. The winning entries will be widely displayed prominently at the venue and hosted on partner websites. To learn more and apply, click here.
EMBARQ is the urban transport initiative of the World Resources Institute, an environmental think-tank founded in 1982 in Washington D.C., USA., and includes centres in Mexico, the Andes, Brazil, Turkey and China. EMBARQ seeks to catalyse and help implement financially and environmentally sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities. EMBARQ India has been actively promoting the development of sustainable transport in a number of Indian cities, its projects and research work spans various fields, like bus operations; Bus Rapid Transit; road safety audits; transit oriented development; station accessibility; non-motorised transport; and para-transit services. EMBARQ India also works actively in the areas of research and policy for sustainable transport.
The Institute of Urban Transport India (IUT) was established in May, 1997 as a professional body under the purview of the Ministry of Urban Development Government of India (MOUD) as a premier professional non-profit organization and registered under the Societies Registration Act. The objective of the institute is to promote, encourage and coordinate the state-of-the-art urban transport including planning, development, operation, education, research and management.
The Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference and Expo is an annual event with the overarching theme which runs across all the aspects of urban mobility and is organized by the Institute of Urban Transport (India) under the aegis of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. UMI is mandated by the National Urban Transport Policy of the Government of India, 2006 (NUTP). The objective of UMI is to bring together urban transport professionals and officials in the country as well as international experts to enable them to share views and to share their experiences. The conference is marked by interactions and discussions around case studies to assist the cities, whose officials attend the conference, in keeping themselves up to date with best urban transport practices and to carry home ideas to develop their urban transport along a sustainable path.