DfT issues guidance on local authorities’ data sharing

The Department for Transport has issued guidance for local authorities in England on opening up and sharing transport data, explaining why and how this should be done so that data can be used by others.

The advice includes a simple introduction to the basics of sharing data, data sharing case studies, advice on a range of data-sharing topics and recommendations on sources of support. It also explains how data sharing is helping to support current DfT projects.

These resources have been created in response to user research commissioned by DfT, which found that a lack of information was preventing local authorities from opening and sharing data.

Advice consists of:

  • Understanding data sharing
  • How to prepare data before sharing
  • How to publish data
  • How to optimise data sharing
  • Case studies
  • Data sharing resources

A large number of local authorities began sharing data in a formalised way through a Transport Technology Forum-led project during the early days of Covid in order for them to understand the effect of various government restrictions during lockdowns. This project won the ITS (UK) Project of the Year in 2020.

Read the guidance in full here.

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