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Birmingham Highways Data Challenge

November 25, 2016 @ 9:00 am - November 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The Challenge
What will transport services be like in 20 years time?
How do we make real-time, multimodal journey planning a reality across road and rail for the West Midlands?
What are the benefits and challenges for users, air quality and business services? How do we coordinate across all travel modes and highways and transport activities in the West Midlands to make it happen?
The Event
This 2-day event designed by DEFT153 Ltd with ODI Birmingham gives you access to key datasets not usually available, and to be part of workshop/hack to identify priorities for data release, develop solutions and consider most effective platforms for access.
Data experts will be on hand throughout the event from the following organisations:
  • Department for Transport
  • Highways England
  • HS2
  • RAC Foundation
  • Birmingham City Council
  • West Midlands Combined Authority
  • ITS-UK
  • TransportAPI
  • Open Street Map
  • ODI Birmingham
Outline Programme
Friday 25th November
Morning: Plenary to set context and define challenges
Afternoon: parallel events, which you can switch between:
  • Hack/workshops with challengers (see below), data providers (see below) and data experts (see above)
  • ITS-UK Mobility as a Servicetopic group meeting
  • Future Highways Forum meeting
Saturday 26th November 
Continue with hack/workshops to develop solutions 
Late afternoon: Judging, awards, and close
Data Providers
  • Department for Transport
  • Highways England
  • Birmingham City Council
  • West Midlands Combined Authority
  • HS2
The Challengers
Birmingham City Council – Have live traffic flow and journey time data across Birmingham City council at 5 minute intervals (based on UTMC), thanks to Open Transport Net (OTN) project.  There is also live car parking data within the city centre, and automatically detection of traffic incidents (via Opticities project). Want to publish openly, and build on work already done through european funded projects.  Need to understand priorities for use and application of this data, so that they can plan evolution of open source platform, and prioritise what data is published.
West Midlands Combined Authority – Have data, and responsibility for the co-ordination of all modes of transport across the West Midlands region, including the Key Route Network / Major Road Network (as defined in Rees Jeffreys Road Fund report published 15 October 2016). Want to publish openly and engage local community and businesses in using open data to develop apps and services that improve transport services. Need to co-ordinate traffic, transport and construction data to help people get about with least amount of disruption during HS2 construction and operation.
ITS-UK, Mobility as a Service group – Have knowledge of intelligent transport systems. Want to integrate this across all modes and forms of transport.  Need to co-ordinate between traffic, transport, highways, teams to deliver joined up thinking of user need and end-to-end journeys, rather than individual technical specialisms. 
Future Highways Forum – Have knowledge of highways sector.  Want to/being forced to shift from technical / engineering focus to delivering user need.  Need to envision requirements of highways in 20 years time, and map out changes required to achieve that. 
TransportAPI – Have access to most of UK public transport data incl. OSM road network with integrated public transport services e.g. bus routes for each vehicle journey, published on an open basis. Want to find new sources of transport data esp. in highways to integrate with our existing platform to deliver on the promise of a true HighwaysAPI. Need a level playing field from public bodies with open data releases.
ODI Birmingham – Have specialist open data knowledge in highways and transport, environment, health, at policy and operational levels.  Want to share this knowledge and support startups, SME’s and established organisations to embrace more open culture, and prioritise the release of open data for specific purposes.  Need strong network / funding base from which to operate. 
Event Sponsors
Sponsorship opportunities available
Please note that security is not manned 24/7 so there may be a delay in opening the barrier.


November 25, 2016 @ 9:00 am
November 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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