April, 2013 Archives

big wordsIf you’ve ever been moderating a presentation and need a way to quickly throw up a big message on the screen, here is the online tool you need. Echo is a super-simple program that takes a word or short phrase and builds a web page with nothing but your text, sized to fill the screen.

To use it, just enter your text at the end of the URL, like:

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At Mobility Lab‘s recent hack day, WMATA released a copy of the GTFS data they use for their trip planner. The trip planner includes schedule data for a total of 19 different transit agencies. GTFS, General Transit Feed Specification, is a collection of files that together form a complete description of all the routes, stops, and schedules. WMATA released an animation of the data last November (see Maps in Motion: Telling Stories from Transit Data). With the GTFS data now publicly available, I wanted to try making my own animations.


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