FYI. For more information, please contact Charlene (cc'd here).
Stacey G. Bricka, Ph.D.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Learn from the Experts: Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit - Maximizing Real Time and
Schedule Data-Legalities, Evolutions, Customer Perspectives, Challenges, and Economic
Opportunities - Part II.
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Cost: All T3 webinars are free of charge
PDH: 1.5 View PDH Policy<http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/t3_pdh_policy.asp>
Dr. Larry W. Thomas, J.D., Ph.D, founder of The Thomas Law Firm in Washington, D.C., will
discuss whether and to what extent there is legal protection for an agency's real-time
or other data. Dr. Thomas will discuss whether data may be protected under the copyright
laws and whether there are alternative means that agencies may use to protect their
proprietary rights in data.
Mr. Lou Milrad, B.A., LL.B, founder of MilradLaw in Toronto, Canada, will relay an
overview of the legal framework and economic development opportunities for open data. This
will include open data opportunities for collaboration; differentiating open data
terms' uses from commercial licensing, addressing privacy and confidentiality
concerns, and economic development and community engagement.
Dr. Kari Edison Watkins, PE, PhD, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental
Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, will share her experiences
working as the interface between developers and transit agencies both locally in Atlanta
and nationally. She will discuss the evolution of the presentation of transit data, how
data standards enable better communication to riders, and case study findings from
discussions with transit agencies about open data.
Mr. Dan Overgaard, Supervisor, Systems Development and Operations, King County Metro
Transit, Seattle, WA, will address King County Metro's evolution in providing
real-time information, managing customer expectations, and the data management and
organizational challenges involved in improving the quality of real time information.
Mr. Martin Catala, Manager, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Informatics Group,
Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), University of South Florida, will give a
brief overview of the project underway with the Federal Transit Administration on
"Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit." The webinar will focus on transit
data relating to legal frameworks, 3rd party developers, schedules and situational status,
such as passenger load, predictive arrival time, and vehicle location. The findings from
this webinar will be incorporated into a guide for transit agencies interested in
successfully implementing and sharing open data within the transit industry.
Charlene M. Wilder
Transportation Program Specialist
Federal Transit Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
4th Floor - East Building, E-43-420
Washington, DC 20590