The ePSIplatform has published the Open Transport Data Manifesto and Infographic (produced by Pieter Colpaert and the iRail.be team).
They capture and highlight the Open Transport Data potential at hand, the obstacles and accordingly allocates the responsibilities to meet these challenges to the appropriate stakeholders. As such, the Helsinki Open Data Transport Data Manifesto seeks to stimulate dialogue between stakeholders by identifying transport data specific issues, that are hampering the free flow across Europe. The Manifesto is based on the ePSIplatform Open Transport Data workshop which was held on 17 September 2012 in Helsinki, bringing together an informal group of 30 policy makers, experts, opinion leaders and other stakeholders within the transport data community, from over 15 countries.
Transportation is an important contemporary issue, which has a direct impact on economic strength, environmental sustainability and social equity. Accordingly, transport data – largely produced or gathered by public sector organisations or semi-private entities, quite often locally – represents one of the most valuable sources of public sector information (PSI, also called ‘Open Data’), a key policy area for many, including the European Commission.
Combined with the advancement of Web 2.0 technologies and the increasing use of smart phones, the demand for high quality machine-readable and openly licensed transport data, allowing for re-use in commercial and non-commercial products and services, is rising rapidly. Unfortunately this demand is not met by current supply: many transport data producers and holders (from the public and private sectors) have not yet managed to respond adequately to these new challenges set by society and technology.
On 17 September 2012 the ePSIplatform organized an Open Transport Data workshop, bringing together, from over 15 countries, an informal group of 30 policy makers, experts, opinion leaders and other stakeholders within the transport data community. Sharing a mission to maximize the benefits of opening up this domain, they contributed to the establishment of the ePSIplatform Helsinki Open Transport Data Manifesto, which captures and highlights the potential, the obstacles and the solutions at hand and, accordingly, allocates the responsibilities to meet these challenges to the appropriate stakeholders.
The Open Transport Data Manifesto seeks to stimulate dialogue among stakeholders by identifying transport data specific issues that are hampering the free flow of Open Data across Europe and to convince and support (semi) public sector transport data holders, demonstrating the richness of sources and the impact Open Data may have on their organisations and the subsequent value chain.
Therefore, this Manifesto calls upon policy makers (at the EU, national, local and sectoral levels), transport operators (from the public and private sectors) and data users to seize the opportunities and reap the benefits, by opening up and sharing data resources, cashing in on the enormous potential to be exploited.
Read and download the Manifesto and infographics at epsiplatform.eu/transport