TSC’s IM Data index has been relaunched with better search functionality to power transport solutions.
In 2015, Elite Innovation Centre and the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) launched a unique data index for technology developers. The Intelligent Mobility Data Index has since bought together over 200 sources of information in one place, allowing developers and technologists to discover both open and commercial data across all modes of transport, to help them quickly develop solutions to transportation challenges.
The TSC identified difficult access to data as a major roadblock to innovation, which is holding up the adoption of new technologies to improve the UK transport network. The Catapult worked with a number of transport organisations in order to bring together as many resources as possible on the “IM Data” website (www.imdata.co.uk).
Dr Yolande Herbath, Business Unit Director for the Information Exploitation group at the TSC explained the implications on the index in 2015:
“Stimulation of the data market is vital if we want to speed technological advancements and innovation in the transport sector. Part of the problem faced when developing the UK transport network is the silo nature of different transport modes. Journeys across rail, road, sea and air should be seamless. Combining data in the manner of the IM Data Index opens the doors to solutions which cross these transport system boundaries.
“For instance a disability charity will be able to use the data we have indexed to develop an app which will help someone travel door to door using only services with disability access. It could also open the door for services which improve the information flow to transport users in times of disruption.”
Now in 2016, the IM Data Index has been updated to extend the previously captured sources of information. The Index has been updated with a multiple tag system which will allow the finding of specific data to become searchable with the hopes of increasing user experience.
With the anticipation of expanding and developing their community of users, the update to the IM Data index will now also allow users to share their own experiences.
You can explore the IM DATA Index at www.imdata.co.uk