DfT seeks partner to develop transport data mapping tool
Posted: 12 December 2019 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The Department is aiming to develop an interactive mapping tool, capable of displaying a wide range of information such as rail projects, population size and proportion of population that uses public transport.
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) is reportedly aiming to adopt a mapping tool that can make use of public transport data and, in turn, allow the DfT to make better informed investment and policy decisions.
The DfT has indicated that it is searching for partnerships that will support a ‘Discovery’ phase in which information regarding the proposed tool, the prospective users, potential data issues and recommendations for keeping the tool up-to-date will be collected.
This will also allegedly include analysing existing tools to determine which route – developing its own or using an existing tool – is the best to take.
The primary users of the Discovery outcomes will be internal DfT users, who will use the evidence to inform consideration of options on the future development of an internal Civil Service only mapping tool. These users will include area leads who will be providing information into the tool, policy and project teams around the department, as well as senior managers and Board members who will be the customers of the tool, and who will have preferences in the type of data and the format in which it is presented.
A steering group will oversee the project and will include teams across technology, policy and governance. The closing date for applications is 23 December 2019.