Geospatial Commission recognises value of Transport Data

The UK Geospatial Commission has recently published a report titled “Positioning the UK in the fast lane, Location data opportunities for better UK transport”

This report highlights key common themes and crosscutting challenges, based on six transport use cases, where geospatial product and services could unlock greatest benefit.

  1. Treating mobility as an interconnected system:
    We will need to have a common location data framework for defining our transport networks.
  2. Data interoperability and standards:
    Standards must be implemented in the way that transport location data is collected, stored and managed.
  3. Making data more findable and accessible:
    Data must be made more discoverable and easier to access.
  4. Improving data reuse:
    Data is rarely useful for a singular purpose and must be made available for reuse where possible.
  5. Enabling greener modes of transport:
    We will need to transform the sector in order to meet the UK’s commitments around
    achieving net zero by 2050.
  6. Unlocking the potential for data-driven innovation in transport:
    Organisations will need access to capital, skills and ideas, as well as a smart and stable regulatory framework to support data-driven innovation.

These 6 themes very closely align with the aims of The Open Transport Initiative to ensure that transport & mobility data is F.A.I.R (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable & Reusable).

Although there was no mention of encouraging all transport providers & Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platforms to adopt smart data sharing standards, therefore allowing customer account data to be portable… the first step of making transport location data sharable across an entire transport ecosystem is a positive move for our sector.

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