Case Study (2014): Finding Creative Use for Public Data in Israel
For a service that is offered for over one million stops in 800 cities, Sonny ben- Shimon, software engineer at Google Israel, thought it odd that Google Transit was still not available in his country. The thought quickly materialized into a challenge. Sonny’s friend who works at a private transportation company advised him to contact the government’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) to acquire the transportation data and start the service. What followed was a remarkable example of collaboration with the government, where they extracted data from the government’s portal data.gov.il to set up Google Transit in Israel.