List of common terms used within this site relating to transit and developer technology. It is beneficial to understand these terms when using the developer site. In addition to these definitions, each data set may contain their own terminology.

CSV (Comma Separated Values)

A .CSV file is a formatted plain text file that stores spreadsheet or basic database-style information in a simple format, with one record on each line, and each field within that record separated by a comma. You can read and learn how to create a .CSV file via Wikipedia.

GIS (Geographic Information System)

Any information system that captures, stores, analyzes, manages, and presents data relating to location and geographic information. You can read more about GIS on Wikipedia.

GTFS (Google Transit Feed Specification)

The GTFS transit feed specification defines a common format for public transportation schedules and associated geographic information; it is the set of specifications used by the trip application, Google Transit. You can read more about the specifications via Google’s online documentation.

Web Services

Web Services are based on simple and non-proprietary standards; they are designed to make it possible for computer programs to exchange data regardless of location, operating system, or language used. Web Services are a new class of Internet-native applications that promise to simplify the sharing of data.

Software written in different languages or running on different operating systems may easily communicate with one another over Web Services. Applications running in different parts of the world may readily communicate and readily exchange data using universal, non-proprietary data standards specified by Web Services.