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VIDEO REPORT: The City of Madison Opens Up Public Records to Developers

POSTED: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 --- 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, unveiled the cities "Open Data" initiative. It's something the city has been working on for months. The new initiative allows people to access public information easily on the City of Madison's website.

Greg Tracy, is a software developer and created the bus tracking app, "SMS My Bus." The app allows users to text any bus stop location on a mobile phone and within seconds the location of your bus is sent back instantly. Tracy created the app because he was sick of not knowing when his bus would arrive.

He created the app by looking through the same information that was released publicly Tuesday. Mayor Soglin says, he's not sure what will come from the new initiative but hopes it will ultimately benefit residents.

A link to SMS My Bus can be found HERE.


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