Software Tools for Sharing and Integrating GIS Data

A consortium of public and private entities will be established for the purpose of developing computer-based tools that facilitate geo-spatial transportation data sharing and integration for a variety of purposes and uses. There is a significant need to collect and combine location referencing and geographic information system (GIS) data from multiple agencies so as to create a complete transportation network and associated location referencing systems. The data to be managed with these tools includes: (1) Roads: location, number of lanes, federal functional classification, address ranges, zip codes, local road identifier, route number, road name(s), location along roadway (milepost), and their geographic representation; (2) Railroads: location, type of track (mainline, siding, etc.), train stations location, classification, line identifier, type of crossing, and their geographic representation; (3) Ferries: route location, terminal location, route name, federal functional class, staging areas, route length, international or domestic route, average sailing duration, etc. (4) Aviation: Airport identifier, surface type. Instrument landing approach, arc code, runway width, use, elevation, FAA Classification, Airport name, terminal location, etc.; (5) Non-motorized: includes bikes, foot, horses, etc. Include location, name, type of usage, etc.; and (6) Ports: location, routes for water transportation (particularly river and Puget Sound). The following steps are planned to implement the transportation network data sharing: (1) Flexible Translator - can be used to translate data into a variety of formats and is bidirectional (convert GIS data into any type of system) ; (2) Data Provider Internet Interface - works with the translator and security system so that the data provider has a user interface and also provides feedback whether the data was used; (3) Data User Internet Interface - allows for the ability to access the data after translation and provide feedback about the data; (4) Data Integration - integrate data from varying agencies so that the road "matches" at the boundaries and add attribution from a variety of sources; (5) Quality Control and Quality Assurance - establish and enforce data consistency and accuracy by checking topological, scale/spatial, attribute, and metadata (standard GIS requirements); (6) Security - necessary at the provider and user levels; and (7) Location Referencing Integration - system integration between agencies of various linear referencing methods and systems to facilitate geocoding. The specific product specifications and number of versions developed depends on annual funding available.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Washington State Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building
    Olympia, WA  USA  98504
  • Project Managers:

    Griffin, Tami

  • Start Date: 20050000
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11005

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01468496
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(108)
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:52PM