Transportation WG Case Statement

26 Mar 2017
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Dear Transportation Data WG colleagues,
Several people have expressed interest in developing an RDA working group on transportation data. We'd like to move the transportation WG forward at the upcoming Plenary.
As a reminder: working groups are formed as short-term (12-18 month), focused efforts with tangible progress, completing actions that will improve open sharing of data for a particular community or group of stakeholders. Standards, tools or practices and their uptake by stakeholders is expected. The next step in the process is developing a case statement for the group, for acceptance by RDA.
We are at the stage of identifying the problems faced by the transportation research data community. I have shared the draft case statement with a number of researchers and asked them to add their ideas, but this has not resulted in ideas contributed. I think we need to engage the community in another way. I would propose starting with some one-on-one phone calls to discuss ideas with key stakeholders, or a conference call to the extent that we can get a group together.
At the RDA plenary, I'd like to reengage those interested in a transportation WG, and plan how to engage the community to identify the vision, the problem(s), and the mission of the WG on transportation data.
Looking forward to hearing your ideas about how best to engage the community to identify transportation research data problems and solutions for the WG to develop. Please forward to interested parties, and reach out to me with any questions or ideas. Thank you.
-Beth
Beth Zeitler, Ph.D.
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Millennium Challenge Corporation
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Washington DC 20005-3550
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    Author: Vassilis Proton...

    Date: 27 Mar, 2017

    Dear Beth, all,
    Thank you for sharing your ideas with the rest of the group. I was aware of the fact that there was interest in setting up a Transportation Data WG and I am happy to see things moving towards this direction.
    Even though I am not involved in transportation by any means, based on my experience with RDA (as a member of the Agricultural Data IG (IGAD) and its WGs - along with WGs of other IGs), as well as my participation in various EU-funded projects, I would suggest contacting such projects working on transportation data and issues and have them describe the challenges that they are (or were) trying to address. Examples are Open Transport Net (http://www.opentransportnet.eu/), Transport Innovation Deployment in Europe (http://www.tide-innovation.eu/en/), Transport R&D for Innovation (http://www.transport-tips.eu/), PASTA Project (http://www.pastaproject.eu/home/). Most (if not all) of them involve various types of stakeholders in transportation (such as researchers, SME’s, users etc.) so through a bottom up approach we could easily collect a number of use cases, information on data sources, standards and platforms, key stakeholders (e.g. organizations) etc. in the field of transportation. A number of these projects might be interested in joining efforts with the proposed WG, sharing activities and resources (in most cases, a mapping of existing resources has already taken place in the context of projects and these resources could and should be reused). The same applies for projects outside the EU of course. This approach has been successfully applied in the Agri WGs (e.g. Wheat and AgriSemantics), where effort was jointly put by projects like agINFRA and initiatives like the Wheat Initiative.  
    In this context, I agree with Beth’s proposal to engage the community in an alternative way and would dare to propose to open up this effort a bit more, by inviting/engaging more stakeholders as mentioned earlier. This will allow the WG to collect the necessary material for building its Case Statement (e.g. data-related challenges) and enhance the critical mass of its initial members and supporters.
    That’s my two cents on the topic. I wish you all the best for this envisaged WG and I will try to keep up with updates.
    Warm regards,
    Vassilis
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    Subject: [rda-geospatial-ig] Transportation WG Case Statement
    Dear Transportation Data WG colleagues,
    Several people have expressed interest in developing an RDA working group on transportation data. We’d like to move the transportation WG forward at the upcoming Plenary.
    As a reminder: working groups are formed as short-term (12-18 month), focused efforts with tangible progress, completing actions that will improve open sharing of data for a particular community or group of stakeholders. Standards, tools or practices and their uptake by stakeholders is expected. The next step in the process is developing a case statement for the group, for acceptance by RDA.
    We are at the stage of identifying the problems faced by the transportation research data community. I have shared the draft case statement with a number of researchers and asked them to add their ideas, but this has not resulted in ideas contributed. I think we need to engage the community in another way. I would propose starting with some one-on-one phone calls to discuss ideas with key stakeholders, or a conference call to the extent that we can get a group together.
    At the RDA plenary, I’d like to reengage those interested in a transportation WG, and plan how to engage the community to identify the vision, the problem(s), and the mission of the WG on transportation data.
    Looking forward to hearing your ideas about how best to engage the community to identify transportation research data problems and solutions for the WG to develop. Please forward to interested parties, and reach out to me with any questions or ideas. Thank you.
    -Beth
    Beth Zeitler, Ph.D.
    AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
    Millennium Challenge Corporation
    1099 14th St NW Suite 700
    Washington DC 20005-3550
    202-772-6378 (O) | 202-285-1444 (C)
    www.mcc.gov
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