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Australia publishes blueprint on the use of data in planning transport network

Australia publishes blueprint on the use of data in planning transport network

Australia recently
announced
the launch of the National Infrastructure Data Collection
and Dissemination Plan (Data Plan) which sets out how data can be more
selectively gathered and used to guide better decision making by the
government, industry and individuals.

The blueprint is part of the Australian Government's agenda
for providing the infrastructure Australia needs to continue competing
effectively in an ever changing, complex and demanding world.

The Data Plan identifies infrastructure data and information
gaps and outlines priority projects aimed at better utilising data to help with
infrastructure investment decision making and monitoring the performance of
Australia's infrastructure networks. It summarises priority
projects
 aimed at addressing infrastructure data and
information gaps.

Projects that are part of the Data Plan involve the
collection and use of new and innovative infrastructure data generated by
public and private transport and logistics industry enterprises.

One example of the projects is an interactive online
Infrastructure Performance Dashboard that summarises transport,
telecommunications, water and energy data is also being implemented to provide
infrastructure users and decision makers with a better understanding of how
these infrastructure networks are performing.

The government is also developing new freight performance
indicators as part of the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain
Priorities and have published a freight performance dashboard.

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional
Economics (BITRE) developed the Data Plan with assistance from an expert
Steering Group made up of infrastructure and transport experts from the public
sector, industry and academia.

The National Infrastructure Data Collection and
Dissemination Plan (Data Plan) and further details on the project are available
here.