bicidate is a framework to work with the General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS)
bici the equivalent of
bike in Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese or Galician.
bici is pronounced in two syllables
bi-ci, which can be pronounced as something similar to
be-thy for a English speaker. The first one approximates better to Catalan,
Portuguese and Latin Spanish, the second one to Spanish and Galician.
bicidate is a framework to work with the General Bikeshare Feed Specification
(GBFS) data and aims to develop several services to collect, process and publish data from GBFS
feeds different front-ends, such as, social media bots, etc.
It is based upon Python 3, with a very unstable package API until v1.0.0 is reached. You may use the code here, but I must warn you we are in the early stage of development.
You can use a deployed PyPI version of
pip install bicidata
However, that version may be outdated, so I recommend to install directly from GitHub:
pip install git+https://github.com/bicidata/bicidata.git
Or, if you want to have access to the code to develop new features (PRs are welcome!):
git clone https://github.com/bicidata/bicidata.git & cd bicidata pip install -e .
bicidata it is thought as a framework to provide services to work with GBFS data. These
services could run together as a Python app or be launched alone (i.e. dockerized).
Thus, scalability will be one of the main goals of
bicidata. Some services have already profiled:
- Snapshots: as GBFS data is updated in "real-time" and it is not stored we need to do it for ourselves.
- Archivers: assuming GBFS data is stored in raw JSON format, and a snapshot is taken every minute, the amount of data per day reaches around ~200MB for the city of Barcelona. So, some kind of data preprocessing is needed, it could be something as zipper, or something more powerful, as data bases.
- Reporters: we want data with swag, so we will create reports with the available data.
- Publishers: and finally we want the data to become available to the public.
This is the first service that is being implemented, it creates snapshots of a given GBFS API at the current timestamp. Now, it is implemented as a 24h snapshoter,this will change soon with a more elegant way to run it. For the moment:
python -m bicidata.services.snapshot
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