Expression of Interest

Background

The original idea behind TravelSpirit was conceived in 2015 through exploratory discussions between the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), on how to solve some of the ‘Smart City’ problems TfGM were predicting the city could face in the future, in terms of delivering seamless, integrated mobility.

Through early collaboration with University of Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University, University College London and ethical hacker, Patch Penguin, this initial challenge flourished into a firmer local commitment to reach out to a wider community, and establish an appetite for a reciprocal open source project, that would tie a global community together and rapidly grow.

In the early part of 2016, we reached out to a number of open source communities around the world, including the progressive city region authorities in Helsinki Transport Authority and IDM Sudtirol (IDM), the UK Department for Transport, and the UK Satellite Applications Catapult – which achieved a consensus to proceed with further development of the initiative.

With this very positive moral support, the vision, mission and broad objectives have been developed ‘in the open’ through www.travelspirit.io, with an associated launch event planned for 28th/29th June 2016, in Manchester, and the first Steering Group meeting on 4th May 2016.

The project has a wide level of support from various partners, who are mostly contributing ‘in kind’ with some financial support from TfGM, Manchester Metropolitan University, Institute of Engineering & Technology and Alliance Manchester Business School.

Purpose

We want to develop the travelspirit.io community to a point where it can begin to create economic rewards for the regions including, but not exclusive to, UK, Norway, Finland, Italy and France, as well as provide the basis for major European Project funding.

This project will aim to achieve the following:

  • Formation of a community of practice to create new, commercially-viable MaaS solutions built from both existing open source components and new code.
  • To enable downstream commercial deployment while maintaining TravelSpirit as a not-for-profit community.
  • Legal hosting of TravelSpirit by a suitable CIC or charity fiduciary and administrative umbrella, who will hold all assets in trust and facilitate open governance by and for actual, current participants in the TravelSpirit community and their successors.
  • Technical hosting and development of www.travelspirit.io

For additional detail on these outcomes please refer to Schedule A

Expression of Interest

We are therefore inviting organisations to contact us to indicate their capability to support us on this agenda, and what, if any, funding would be required from the existing TravelSpirit consortia members to engage that support.

If you are interested, then please do contact us.

Given the high inbound interest received to date this ‘EOI’ now closes on 29th April 2016

Schedule A

  • Formation of a community of practice to create new, commercially-viable MaaS solutions built from both existing open source components and new code; to include:
    • Management and facilitation of a programme of workshops, events and online seminars / collaboration projects to help develop the community and the overall business case for involvement and inward investment into the project.
    • Background ‘baseline’ research into all potential open source assets to achieve a ‘target’ technology platform {based around a pooling of historic bids where technology platform architecture has been scoped}
    • Supporting growing the liberty of its community through open source, open data and open development.
    • Supporting the development of a culture of submitting code improvements made under the ‘TravelSpirit’ banner to existing code upstream where possible and encourage users of our code to contribute improvements to us.
    • To provide the support necessary to enable our community to work confidently in an open source way, using the Mozilla Public Licence v2 and compatible licenses and ‘Memorandums of Understanding’.
  • To enable downstream commercial deployment while maintaining TravelSpirit as a not-for-profit community. To include:
    • Engagement with potential investors and partners.
    • Support to community in accessing relevant government and venture capital funding opportunities for relevant R&D and commercialisation activity.
    • Establishment of a fee-paying membership structure and open governance for deciding how investor funding is spent.
  • Legal hosting of TravelSpirit by a suitable CIC or charity fiduciary and administrative umbrella, who will hold all assets in trust and facilitate open governance by and for actual, current participants in the TravelSpirit community and their successors. To include:
    • Stewardship of trademarks & domain names
    • Audited management of donations and funds
    • Administration of voting membership
  • Technical hosting and development of www.travelspirit.io to include:
    • Source code repository and Wiki
    • Mailing List Service
    • Translation Memories
    • Systems Testing
    • Service Deployment
    • Cyber Security & Multi-Lingual Support
    • PR and Marketing support