Last Updated: 13/07/2022
Summer 2022 - Enhanced metrics for publishers, updated feedback form and bug fixes relating to data quality reporting
August 2022 (1.19.0)
The team has worked on a number of high-value updates that will be available to everyone including:
- An addition of a feedback page wherein any user can give a rating and a feedback on the user experience of the web pages on BODS. The feedback in turn can be accessed readily by DfT admin users. This will enable our team to continuously improve the BODS website experience. (Note that this is different from the feedback function on specific data sets/feeds on BODS).
- A small update to the PTI logic of BODS where the as is functionality is: Review all files in new zip with same service code that have changed (hash of file changes) → Identify highest revision number from previous zip for that service code → Fail any amended files in new zip that do not have a higher revision number than highest from previous zip. This will be changed to the new updated PTI logic which will be: Review all files in new zip with same service code/line combination that have changed (hash of file changes) → Identify highest revision number from previous zip for that service code/line combination → Fail all new or amended files in new zip (with that service code/line combination) that do not have a higher revision number than highest from previous zip.
- Some generic content updates to the entire website (in particular the guidance section) along with a few other high priority bugs (and some back-end updates) to improve the overall performance of the service.
June 2022 (1.18.0)
The team has worked on a number of high-value feature updates that will be available to all publishers including:
- A new 'Guide Me' section for all publishers which simplifies and puts a step by step guide to how to go about publishing and maintaining data on BODS.
- A new Publisher dashboard. All publishers once logged-in will now be able to view all the different feature options they have on BODS and select their relevant flow. A simplified ‘Review my published data’ dashboard is also now available for Publisher and Agent users, where they can review the status of the different operators that they are agents for.
- A new ‘Data requiring attention’ section for all publishers and agents which highlights to all operators the service codes which are available on the OTC (Office of the Traffic Commissioner) database but have not been found in the BODS data that has been uploaded by publishers. This includes a downloadable CSV.
- A new ‘Data consumer activity’ section showcasing the total consumer interactions with the data for a given operator’s data. This is intended to give the publishers a more granular idea about how their data is being utilized by consumers (e.g. passenger app developers, researchers) on BODS. This section includes two downloadable CSVs: one related to granular data interactions with the operator’s data, and the other relates to the direct feedback that has been received by operators on their published data.
- An additional summarised version of the PTI validation report. This simplifies and gives an overview of the major errors in the data as it passes through our PTI TransXChange validator.
April 2022 (1.17.0)
- Admin portal pages for DfT have been updated on BODS with functionality including searchable text boxes and sorting functions across organisation management, agent management and consumer management. This will enable easier and more convenient navigation on the admin portal for DfT.
- The team has also worked on updating the download metrics on the platform. This will enable the DfT to truly track the utilisation of BODS and work with consumers to ensure higher adoption/usage of the platform.
- A bulk of technical debts accrued over the past year have now been improved. This means the code base on BODS is cleaned up which will enable a better functioning overall platform.
- Updates have been made to the developer documentation on Find BODS pages which adds more details on GTFS formats available on the platform. The documentation for data quality is now also updated to reflect the accurate description of how data quality is measured on BODS. Both these changes will enable more guidance and transparency on the features available on the platform.
February 2022 (1.16.0)
- Enhancements to the Find Bus Open Data portal have been added to provide an improved consumer experience, including a new capability of viewing operator profiles and updated dataset detail pages with more relevant information, guidance and links.
- 'Download All' data zip file has an updated nested folder structure, where datasets are placed into individualised operator folders. Consumers would be able to select individual operators files as requested.
- Data Catalogue files have been improved with additional information including improved the 'Guide Me' pages.
December 2021 (1.15.0)
- SIRI-VM Validator will provide users with reports on schema validation checks, with a status of compliant, partially compliant or non-compliant.
- Updates to the BODS PTI validation has been added to check that lines consist of journeys with at least one matching locality (where localities are provided).
Updates to the validation of BODS PTI StopPoints will look if no OperatingProfile
elements are at the VehicleJourney level then use the
Service > OperatingPeriod > EndDateto check if non-NaPTAN stops are used for more than 2 months.
September 2021 (1.14.0)
- TransXChange files that are not PTI compliant will no longer be allowed to be published in BODS.
- Users of the service can now keep track of known issues, upcoming changes and release notes through the new Changelog page.