Guidance for Development and Management of Sustainable Information Portals

State departments of transportation (DOTs) produce and use a variety of data and information to make decisions about development, operation, and upkeep of the systems for which they are responsible. The DOT’s personnel, contractors and consultants, and the system’s users and other stakeholders seek access to this information for a variety of purposes. Open government initiatives, the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of work within agencies, greater collaboration with external partners, and growing demands for transparency in government agency operations, as well as growing volumes of data and information to be managed are driving increasing demand for access to DOT data and information. (For this research, the terms "data" and "information" are essentially interchangeable; data and information are used in various applications to conduct analyses and provide results of value to decision makers and interested observers.) In recent years, web access has become a primary way of enabling users to get the information they want in a timely and cost-effective manner. Enterprise information portals (EIPs), in particular, have become key tools a DOT can use to make available information about the transportation system and the agency’s activities. As used in this project, an EIP is curated; that is, there are people responsible for establishing the portal architecture, ensuring the quality of information and data, and maintaining the reliability of access. Access to an EIP may be provided in various ways, but the primary focus of this research is access via a web interface. Many DOTs have implemented one or more EIPs but face the need to evolve these portals or create new ones to meet both internal and external users’ demands for information. Research is needed to enhance agency personnel’s understanding of the value, uses, design, and maintenance of EIPs--and the design principles, management practices, and performance characteristics that will ensure that a DOT’s EIPs effectively and sustainably serve its users and the agency’s mission. The objective of this research was to produce a guide to development and management of effective DOT enterprise information portals. The guide is intended to help agency business-management personnel to understand the issues to be addressed in making information and data about the state’s transportation system and agency operations available to information users and the responsibilities and costs associated with portal development and maintenance. The guide will also help agency information technology managers to develop strategies for evolving existing EIPs and creating new ones to effectively and sustainably deliver information of value to users. NCHRP Research Report 865 Guide for Development and Management of Sustainable Enterprise Information Portals has been published and is available for download.  A report of the research work has also been published as  NCHRP Web-Only Document 241: Development and Management of Sustainable Enterprise Information Portals.  The research report, a PowerPoint presentation, and use case diagrams referenced in the report (in Visio format through a zip file) are available for download. In addition, the research team prepared a web-based version of the guide to illustrate application of the guidance and provide a template for deploying the information as a portal. The unedited version may be downloaded as a zipped file of the HTML encoded static web site (88 MB).  A WordPress version backup file (281 MB) may be downloaded.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $250000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-103

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Performing Organizations:

    Applied Engineering Management Corporation

    Herndon, VA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pecheux, Benjamin

  • Start Date: 20150417
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170716
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37537

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543360
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-103
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2014 1:01AM