Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning. Task 79. Scoping Study for a Freight Data Exchange Network

Freight data are available from many public and private sources and vary by collection method, timeframe, format, and quality. For potential users of such data, a major limitation is knowing which data are available. For data providers, a major limitation is finding ways to let users know what data are available. One possible way to minimize these limitations is to establish an exchange network for freight data that enables data providers and data users to share data efficiently and securely over the Internet. This scoping study would investigate new approaches to providing real-time access to higher quality data while saving time, resources, and money. A "workable" approach could centralize data as much data as possible and to allow participants to freely add and access data. Data providers or users would have the ability to enter or access freight data sets, add meta-data, as well as reports of quality or other data issues.<span>   It would provide a versatile tool for researchers, engineers, planners, and operations personnel. Such a system would not only increase use of data and statistics from all available sources, but also would increase the demand for improvements in the completeness, quality, and timeliness of the data; in their collection, processing, and distribution.  This study will answer the question: How could freight data be shared most efficiently via the Internet? This involves questions such as whether willing and interested markets of data users and data providers exist and how difficult (or costly) the system would be to build. Generally, what would the system contain? What would be the associated costs and benefits? What are the barriers to implementation? Results of the study would address tools, metadata, incentives, and stewardship. The specific research objectives are: (1) identify current tools for data set sharing and assess the feasibility of using them for freight data exchange, (2) identify the minimum set of freight metadata standards or examples, (3) interview the organizations that could potentially contribute data sets to assess their willingness to share information and barriers to participation, (4) interview the organizations that would want to access data to identify the data sets and formats that would best meet their needs, (5) evaluate the willingness, interest, and impediments of organizations who might play a stewardship role, and (6) synthesize the information gained from the prior tasks to develop a work program and cost estimate to develop the Freight Data exchange. 


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-36, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    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:

    Srinivasan, Nanda

  • Performing Organizations:

    AECOM Consulting Transportation Group

    2751 Prosperity Avenue
    Suite 300
    Fairfax, VA  United States  22031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bronzini, Michael

  • Start Date: 20080327
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090331
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15631

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557226
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-36, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 19 2015 1:01AM