Transport is a key part of most people’s day and so it inevitably ends up in the news. Much of this news appears in local papers, which make up the majority of the 700+ news outlets in the UK.
One of the great things about working at the Department for Transport (DfT) is that it’s a really outward-facing department. During my 3 years here, I’ve met people from all over the transport sector and this has broadened my horizons …
Around 95% of UK imports and exports are transported by sea. The companies and ports that handle this freight must submit data about their activity to the Department for Transport.
When people ask what I do, the conversation goes a bit like this… I’m an architect. Wow, you design buildings. No. So, you make those amazing building models. No. Oh. I model digital technologies.
The Department for Transport receives around 70,000 bits of correspondence a year of various types, usually requiring a response.
The Crossrail programme is putting data at the heart of managing an enormous engineering project.
A hackathon is an event where problems and challenges are solved innovatively, using data and technology.
One of the major challenges for reducing congestion and improving journey information is the sharing and use of road-related data between different organisations.
Making it easier to find and use data will help us do our jobs better - improving services and developing evidence based policy.
We recently blogged about the start of our project to see if we could create an index for our data to make it easier to find and use.