Scoping Data Access and Integration Needs to Facilitate Better Management of Research Information

This project has six main objectives: 1. Identify current Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) design/construction/traffic databases and department strategies or efforts to integrate them. 2. Help raise awareness of WisDOT staff and partners of the intended use and value of these databases. 3. Identify existing access procedures to WisDOT databases and other technical information; develop improvements needed to enhance accessibility and document these improvements in a handbook for users; develop training for users. 4. Evaluate referencing systems used in these databases; define advantages and disadvantages of each in order to develop, or select, a common effective referencing system. 5. Develop procedures required for transition to a new referencing system, including tools and methods for recording reference attributes. 6. Identify software and other approaches to convert existing referencing systems to the selected common system. The research will focus on scoping data access and integration for WisDOT. The research team will scan the published literature on data integration to understand the progress made and the challenges faced in integrating data. This will be followed with a needs analysis of stakeholders to get a listing of databases, the various queries/uses of databases, gaps in knowledge about existing data, all with an eye toward integrating the available data. The survey will also strive to capture the different perspectives offered by the different stakeholders - staff, investigators/researchers, and contractors. Various referencing systems and their advantages/disadvantages will be studied in selecting the appropriate system for WisDOT.


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    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Midwest Regional University Transportation Center

      University of Wisconsin
      2205 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive, Room 272
      Madison, WI  USA  53706
    • Project Managers:

      Waidley, Greg

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Illinois, Chicago

      Urban Transportation Center
      412 Peoria Street, Suite 340
      Chicago, IL  USA  60607-7036
    • Principal Investigators:

      Thakuriah, Piyushimita

      Metaxatos, Paul

      Sriraj, P

    • Start Date: 20070522
    • Actual Completion Date: 20080521
    • Source Data: RiP Project 15289

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01460090
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of Illinois, Chicago
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:18PM