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Maintaining quality data

The Bus Open Data Service is committed to ensuring the most robust quality of data is available on BODS. As of such we take special care in ensuring that high data quality is maintained through various ways as outlined below.

Timetables data

BODS Compliant data

Currently for timetables data, BODS mandates that all publishers produce timetables data in TransXChange 2.4 v1.1 PTI profile. This profile is an extension of general schema and makes certain fields mandatory, whilst clarifying the specific use of some other fields in TransXChange. The full PTI profile can be found here:
https://pti.org.uk/system/files/files/TransXChange_UK_PTI_Profile_v1.1.A.pdf

The timetables data which is the above approved version is known as 'BODS Compliant data' and is flagged as such in different parts of the Find Bus Open Data Service (including Browse, Download all, Data Catalogue and the API).

Data Quality reports and scoring

Additionally, beyond the BODS Compliant tagging, BODS also does data quality checks which include key data-quality observations that would adversely impact the passenger experience, if unaddressed. The full list of checks can be found here.

BODS also generates a data quality score which can be seen as flagged in different parts of the Find Bus Open Data Service (including Browse, Changelog, Download all, Data Catalogue, and the API). The mechanism which the BODS algorithm uses to generate a data quality score can be found here.

Fares data

BODS will deliver new additions to the service to ensure publishers can perform data quality checks for fares data by the end of 2021. The updates on this should be available to consumers via the Find Bus Open data site very soon. Please contact us for any further queries on this.

Bus location data

BODS will deliver new additions to the service to ensure publishers can perform data quality checks for bus location data by the end of 2021. The updates on this should be available to consumers via the Find Bus Open data site very soon. Please contact us for any further queries on this.

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