Knowledge sharing among transportation organizations is essential for advancing the safety, mobility, and environmental goals we’ve all adopted. However, the nature of how our transportation system is organized presents structural challenges in the sharing of knowledge. We’ll hear about how leaders in the transportation field combat these structural challenges and share information via methods that include the development of resource centers, the streamlining of meta-data, interactive and innovative peer exchanges, and creative knowledge capture methods. We’ll also discuss how knowledge transfer efforts are necessary to meet the growing needs of the 21st century transportation revolution at the international, state, and municipal levels.
Vital Role of Interagency Knowledge Sharing in Traffic Incident Management Programs
Eric Rensel, Gannett FlemingShow Abstract
The success of TIM programs across the country is based primarily on a successful knowledge sharing across organizations. The SHRP2 Traffic Incident Management program set the goal of training a million responders in TIM, including practitioners from law enforcement, fire/rescue, EMS, towing, and public works, and through that process, as well as through the initiative of local agencies across the country, the safety and mobility benefits of TIM have been realized. This presentation will look at TIM as a knowledge sharing exercise and discuss how public agencies, big and small, engaged each other to steadily share information in a manner that would translate to increasing the efficiency of on-site incident response.
Communicating Among Smart Cities
Denise Bedford, Georgetown UniversityShow Abstract
This presentation will cover a model of the factors that contribute to/impede using another organization's data, including raising awareness of (1) how to treat your own data to make it trustworthy, pertinent and relevant; and (2) how to apply these same guidelines to data from others when you're deciding whether/not to use it. Research thus far has defined several broad categories of factors that contribute to/impede data sharing including: simple access, availability, ability to judge the trustworthiness of the data, and the fear of theft/lack of acknowledgement. Additionally, the concept of meta-information - which goes beyond metadata - is critical to this process and will be discussed.
How State DOTs Benefit from Knowledge Sharing
Thomas Kern, American Association of State Highway and Transportation OfficialsShow Abstract
The structural barriers between State DOTs inhibits knowledge sharing among organizations that share very similar goals and objectives. Additionally, knowledge capture and transfer activities are often defined by the goals of federal partners facilitating such activities. This presentation will cover new efforts by State DOTs to share information around state priorities and discuss ongoing efforts to increase those activities as they confront the future of connected and automated transportation systems. Mr. Kern will also share some considerations learned from his work as Director of Knowledge Management at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a charitable organization focused on child welfare. Learnings from other sectors tell us that the challenge of knowledge sharing are universal and that benchmarking emerging practices outside the transportation space can bring invaluable lessons.
The Importance of Knowledge Sharing in Creating International Standards
Jack Pokrzywa, SAE International