The Data Spectrum for Transport & Mobility

The Open Transport Initiative and MaaS Scotland have jointly published ‘The Data Spectrum for Transport and Mobility’. This is a transport and mobility sector-specific diagram based based upon the Data Spectrum from the Open Data Institute.

The language of data can be confusing and sometimes even contradictory, with terminology and definitions differing across sectors, stakeholders, and suppliers.

The transport and mobility sector is no different from many others right now, in that it is going through a data and technology evolution. This requires significant changes in the way that data is understood and managed – whether it is accessible across an entire transport ecosystem, findable by multiple mobility service providers or securely shared and interoperable between two different transport accounts managed by a single customer.

This diagram is significant as it is the first to align transport and mobility to data terminology already used by other sectors such as banking, energy, and smart cities.

It provides a simple and consistent way of defining the range and types of transport and mobility data and gives sector-specific examples. It is expected to help improve understanding and move the sector forward in its overall data maturity. It is therefore the initial step towards achieving wider and more standardised data interoperability between transport providers, local and national transport authorities, MaaS platforms and their solution providers.

The Data Spectrum for Transport and Mobility is published under Creative Commons “by SA” license and is free to use and share by all.

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