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NCHRP 08-36/Task 79 [Final]

Scoping Study for a Freight Data Exchange Network
[ NCHRP 08-36 (Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $50,000
Research Agency: AECOM Consulting Transportation Group
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael S. Bronzini
Effective Date: 3/27/2008
Completion Date: 3/31/2009
Comments: The project has been completed and the final report submitted to AASHTO

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 research investigated the feasibility of implementing a freight data exchange network to provide timely access to higher quality freight data. The exchange network is envisioned as a centralized data repository where data providers and user would have the ability to enter or access freight datasets, metadata, reports of quality or other data issues, and study reports documenting how data were used for specific applications. The system would increase both the use of data and statistics from all available sources and increase the demand for improvements in the completeness, quality, and timeliness of the data.

The project has been completed and the final report submitted to AASHTO SCOP.

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