Data Discovery Centre at Traffex 2017

Traffex - Data Discovery Centre logo

I’m delighted to be running the Data Discovery Centre at Traffex, 4-6 April 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. Following on from the success of the #brumdatahack, the Centre is dedicated to visualising and making sense of the available datasets for West Midlands transport. The Centre is supported by Transport for West Midlands, Innovation Engine, Yotta Ltd, andRead More

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Technology meets Highways at WRA Congress in Glasgow 31 Oct – 1st November 2016

Drone photo A591 of credit Gaist Solutions Ltd

This years’ World Road Association (WRA) UK Congress in Glasgow, 31st October (Dinner Debate) and 1st November (Congress), provides a unique insight into the UK and international progress toward risk-based resilience for managing our highways assets. Much of our highway network (particularly the local road network) is demanding more intensive maintenance due to age andRead More

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Future Highways community network

Future Highways community site

The Future Highways community network futurehighways.net is now online. To celebrate, I thought I’d share some screenshots with you, together with some context around the journey so far….   After months of preparation with the Future Highways Forum members, open data community in Birmingham, and Landor LINKS, it’s really exciting to bring this all together into one hub.  Its been lovely andRead More

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Smarter Travel LIVE Transport Hack Weekend

Cyclestreets team at Smarter Travel Live Transport Hack March 2016

Some of the leading developers in the UK spent 48 hours at the offices of Landor LINKS in London to create solutions to real-life transport transport problems supplied by Lake District National Park, Buckinghamshire County Council and Traveline. The Transport Hackathon, sponsored by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, took place on the weekend of 12-13th March 2016, and the teamsRead More

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Open Data Day Highways Hackathon 5 March 2016

opendatahackathon

On the afternoon of Friday 4th March Open Mercia is celebrating Open Data Day 2016, with live streaming of the ODI Friday lunchtime lecture followed by an afternoon hackathon exploring how open data can help those working in environment, charities, and highways and transport. This post gives an introduction to the current challenges facing those working in the highwaysRead More

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Future Highways 2015

Highways Data

The Future of Highways Data post written in June 2014 was created for the speed learning session of the same name at the Future Highways Conference 2014.  A year on, the content remains relevant as many local authorities are moving from a reactive to proactive highways maintenance programme. One of the biggest challenges is securing additionalRead More

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Conference organisers missing out on huge opportunities to engage audiences

World Rod Assocation congress Network Resilience 2014 Belfast

Conference organisers in the highways and transport sector are failing to embrace social networking or challenge the traditional conference model sufficently to enable transformation of local highways services The World Road Association UK congress on Network Resilience, on 4th and 5th November 2014 in Belfast will be the fourth major highways and transport industry conference I’veRead More

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What I learnt about School Transport

Ruth Steiner

Interchangeability 2014 is a unique conference bringing together educators, transport providers and creative thinkers to find ways to reduce spend on school transport yet ensure children get to school safely, and in a frame of mind that enables them to learn effectively. The organisers have put a tremendous amount of thought into every aspect ofRead More

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The Future of Highways Data

Data to decisions

How can data help transform local highways maintenance services in England? Building on the speed learning session on the Future of Highways Data at the Future Highways Conference 2014 (for which the post below was written), this remains so relevant as many local authorities are now moving from reactive to proactive highways maintenance programme. WithRead More

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