Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Strategies to Strengthen Data Driven Decision Making

State DOTs are seeking to derive more decisions from data, improve real time performance management, and integrate advancements in data science. While data analytics, automation and machine learning are increasing, current data architectures are fragmented and costly, adding complexity and delay for information system development and management. This makes it difficult to maintain alignment with business needs. Business and enterprise architectures are used by some state departments of transportation as well as many other public and private organizations. Examples of these architectures include the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architectures, The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), and the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA). The goal of this project is to identify business architectures that support and optimize faster decisions, data relevance and usability across the organization, and current business needs and responsive to evolving needs. The objective of this project is to explore business and enterprise architectures for their potential to improve the alignment of data with business needs and provide timely support for changes in business strategies. Tasks are anticipated to include: (1) Collecting and reviewing the business and enterprise architectures and summarizing common elements and strengthens and intended uses of the models. (2) Surveying state DOTs for uses of these architectures and/or the elements of the architectures. (3) Analyzing the results and developing recommendations for architectures that optimize nimble data strategies. (4) Prepare a guidebook of these architectures and the relative strengthens and weaknesses for common uses in state departments of transportation. There is rapid evolution of data science and analytics in the transportation sector, and it is anticipated that this will continue at an accelerated pace. Therefore, it is timely to identify strategies that can optimize and streamline data architectures to promote more responsive integration of these new approaches.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 23-27

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Hartell, Ann

  • Start Date: 20210830
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01779274
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 23-27
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2021 3:23PM