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11 May 2020

National Transport Data – Community of Practice

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National Transport Data – Community of Practice

Terms of Reference


The National Transport Data Community of Practice (NTD-CoP) is established to foster collaboration and shared query into the potential opportunities and challenges transport data analytics offers our industry and community.

Communities of Practice (CoP) are groups of volunteer participants that have an ongoing interaction around a shared concern. CoPs provide an environment in which professionals can share their practice experiences, develop and discuss areas of interests and build a sense of community.

Data is an international language and trying to create new and innovative solutions to existing and emerging challenges is increasingly predicated on the sharing and interrogation of data generated across a range of channels.

There is large scale investment in transport infrastructure underway across Australia, to capitalise on these projects and enable the best outcomes for network management and customer experience, leveraging the data generated will be essential. In order to best manage and utilise these vital assets collaboration across government, industry and academia, as well as community engagement will be key.

To get the most out of our data assets and understand the potential offered collaboration is key, the ATD-CoP includes representatives from government, industry and academia to investigate research opportunities, pilots and tests, and analysis of deployments.

There is an Australian Transport Data Action Network (ATDAN) chaired by BITRE consisting of of State and Commonwealth transport agencies, the ABS and NTC. This group discusses transport data issues relating to government there is benefit in sharing information across these networks and the ATD-CoP will engage with BITRE and ATDAN members.

The CoP is made up of ITS Australia members and other key stakeholders both national and international to ensure a broad range of expertise can contribute to and collaborate on the development and application of big data in Australia. This includes sharing updates on activities in respective jurisdictions and organisations; including research, trials, deployments, and international engagement.

Scope of CoP will be to share opportunities and establish best practice approaches by:

  • Sharing relevant information across organisations
  • Sharing recent and planned activity to identify opportunities for ongoing collaboration
  • To share/establish best practice for data security and privacy
  • Showcasing transport data projects that prove benefits
  • Explore challenges where data can offer new insights and
  • Opportunity to share and analyse data – data sets and custodians


Prof. Fang Chen Executive Director Data Science – Distinguished Professor / The University of Technology Sydney
Stephen Owens Chief Operating Officer / Intelematics

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