Project: National Transport Data Framework

Reference: SRT 7/2/3

Last update: 02/09/2009 18:32:42


The specific objectives of the project are to:

Develop a prototype implementation of robust and extensible software tools to provide access to large and complex transport datasets. These tools will include metadata, distributed database, statistical processing, user interface and visualisation components.

Apply this prototype to the specific issue of the consolidation and use of diverse sensor system inputs to the monitoring of network performance.

Evaluate the performance of the prototype, through consultation with relevant users.


The aim of the National Transport Data Framework project is to provide an effective solution to derive useful information in real time and to analyse archival data from disparate sources. This will help transport users and operators make better decisions and government departments formulate strategy. The data to be handled will be very varied and will range from information from sensors on highways and from CCTV to demographic or pollution data.

The project will develop the middleware at the core of the Framework. An architecture will be prepared to combine information fram a variety of sources, allowing for uncertainities in the provenance of the data. A prototype implementation of the framework software will be developed to include the following areas - authentication framework identifying the users of the data: an authorisation framework, defining access rights to data: a core database system for the hub metadata: modeules for ingesting new information: metadata handling for processes that create new secondary data, including the tracking of data quality and the propagation of uncertainties: a user interface.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £275,000.00

Actual start date: 01 January 2006

Actual completion date: 18 August 2008


The National Transport Data Framework
Author: Prof. Peter Landshoff and Prof. John Polak
Publication date: 01/03/2008
Source: University of Cambridge and Imperial College London
More information:

Summary of results

  1. The National Transport Data Framework Report