This research product will focus on communicating information to improve sharing, integration, and management of data that support TIM program performance measurement, management, and monitoring. The products, listed below, will be largely based on the efforts and outputs of the ongoing NCHRP 03-138 project, Application of Big Data Approaches for Traffic Incident Management:

  • A 4-5 page TIM Data Sharing Guide, which will present common barriers, misconceptions, lessons learned, recommendations, and benefits associated with sharing and integrating data across internal DOT groups, external TIM partner agencies, and private data providers in support of TIM analysis and performance management. 
  • A 4-5 page TIM Data Quality and Use Guide, which will present TIM data quality assessments, identified issues, and limitations with certain datasets; recommendations for improving TIM data quality for increased usability; and how various data sources can support a range of TIM use cases. 
  • A 2-page outreach document that transportation agencies can share with their TIM partners/coalitions regarding the uses and benefits of sharing data across agencies (e.g., partner agencies, private towing companies). Having access to this type of data can greatly increase transportation agencies’ and TIM coalitions’ understanding of when and how responders arrive on/depart from incident scenes, roadway and incident clearance times, and incident type and details, which can lead to improved processes.
  • A 2-page document matching TIM use cases with appropriate datasets. This document will draw together use cases or “wish list” items identified by transportation agencies with the available and appropriate data (per data quality assessment results) needed to develop the use cases / address the “wish list.”
  • Two, 5-10-page detailed case studies documenting the development of a data pipeline and associated data products (e.g., charts/graphs, report, dashboard) to support some aspect of TIM (e.g., support efficient and effective operational/tactical decision-making, inform TIM planning).
  • A one-page executive summary to be used as an outreach document promoting the outputs of the research.