GTFS and public transportation experiment in Tunisia

Last week I’ve made a small experiment by creating GTFS files of public buses of a small city in the south of Tunisia : Djerba. The idea started with a “map” available in the regional company website, which wasn’t really clear.

Georeferencing the map gave us more than 200 stations with an average error of 400m, which was too high for bus stations. In addition we had departure time for only 8 lines, so we were able to generate a full schedule with more than 3500 stop points. The final GTFS is available in github, and as a first experiment we’ll be working on making lines and stations more accurate. Then the applications will be unlimited !

Opening up public transportation data in Tunisia could open door to new opportunities, especially that the national Tunisian railway company have already published its own GTFS here. You can see it already in action on Google maps :

This work have been published on the 9th edition of TuniData, a weekly newsletter on Data in Tunisia. More info at

Jeddah Expats Data Insights Nov-Dec 2016

I am sharing with you for the first time a brief overview of what expats are exchanging on one of the very populars classified network in Jeddah city specifically, and I will probably publish more analysis for other regions soon. Also notice that I’ll be sharing these insights without detailed analysis, as this is a work in progress published for early feedback.

The analysis based on about 12+ thousands records that might include duplicates ( 408 records clearly identified and about 5% estimates for the whole database), however the duplicates have been kept to get more detailed analysis on users behaviour and what have been sold or not. About 3 thousands records have not been considered as the data is still being cleaned, but after few comparison we can say that the overall trends will no change that much. Read more

Hackathon AppsForDemocracy 2016: Application mobile de l’ARP

Du 29 au 30 Octobre 2016 a eu lieu à l’espace Cogite aux Berges du Lac la seconde édition du Hackathon AppsForDemocracy; un rendez-vous annuel qui réunit producteur et consommateur de données pour mettre en valeur et créer des applications à valeurs ajoutées à partir des données ouvertes.

Cette édition a été marquée par un nombre plus élevée de données ouverte par rapport à l’année dernière, due principalement au lancement de la plateforme opendata de l’énergie et de la culture, en plus des données qui étaient déjà disponible avant.

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Overview on Tunisia 2020 projects

Today will be held the international conference Tunisia 2020 in support of Tunisia’s economic, social and sustainable development. The investment will brings together international political decision-makers, investors and Tunisia’s economic partners on 29 and 30 November 2016 in Tunis. This article originally published on October 23rd and analyzing  58 projects, have been updated today to include to whole list of 141 projects in the French section of the conference’s website.

To get a better overview of the 141 projects that are actually listed on the official conference website, I have shared an open version of the projects lists that you can download in CSV format, notice that encoding is UTF-8 :

CSV Projects’s data 5-12-2016 (FR, EN and AR)

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How to Create Open Data regional Heatmap with R

In the regional Open Data report in Arab world, the map in the report cover was created in R. Looks simple ? Let’s see how to do this :

First we need some data, so we have to download the ODB-3rdEdition-Rankings.csv

Screen Shot ODBScore2015

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