Synthesis of Best Practices for the Development of an Integrated Data and Information Management Approach

Available Documents
Interim Report
Quarterly Report September 2004
Quarterly Report March 2005
Quarterly Report September 2005
Quarterly Report December 2005
Quarterly Report March 2006
Quarterly Report June 2006
Quarterly Report September 2006
Quarterly Report December 2006
Quarterly Report March 2007
Quarterly Report September 2007
Quarterly Report December 2007
Quarterly Report March 2008

Primary Investigator
Teresa M. Adams, PhD
UW-Madison, Professor, Dept of CEE
1415 Engineering Drive, Room 2208
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262 5318
(608) 262 5199 fax

Rafael Lazimy, PhD
UW-Madison, Associate Professor, School of Business
975 University Ave
Madison WI 53706
(608) 262 3950
(608) 265 4194 fax

Project Objective
To bridge the strategies for data integration and build upon previous work to take the next step toward helping state agencies achieve data integration. Based upon this research a set of recommendations and guidelines will be developed to help transportation agencies plan, develop, and implement integrated information management systems.

Project Abstract
State transportation agencies (as well as other public and private transportation agencies, corporations, and other organizations) struggle with numerous problems and challenges in building integrated data and information systems that provide high-quality information for the effective execution and management of operations and for supporting analysis, control, and decision making activities.

Task Descriptions

  1. Task 1 -
    • Literature review
    • Design data collection instruments with a pilot test of the instruments \
    • Collect the data via teleconference
  2. Task 2 – Key Success Factors and Identification of Best Practices
  3. Task 3 – Identification of Performance Measures
  4. Task 4 – Analyze the Importance of Practices and Factors
  5. Task 5 – Development of Guidelines

Relationship to Other Research Projects
Considerable work has been done in the past to understand the special data management needs of transportation agencies. Biggs and Chatfield (1987), Fletcher (1995), Vonderohe et al. (1991, 1993, 1998) are excellent examples of recent work. Recently, states have made great efforts to address data integration problems through information strategy planning, enterprise modeling, and development of location referencing systems.
Similarly, recent studies have focused on various approaches to deal with location referencing data issues. For example, O’Neill and Harper (1995) reviewed the location referencing system data modeling efforts at 7 states: Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Idaho. Bower et al. (1998) includes case studies from Idaho, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Washington State.

Technology Transfer Activities
A final report that documents an annotated bibliography, the data collection instrument (questionnaire), and the Best Practices Guidelines in the form of a final report. The final report will include the results of all research tasks.

Potential Benefits of the Project
Identification of the underlying success factors and best practices that make the various approaches work and metrics for measuring the relative success of the various approaches. Development of a coherent set of guidelines that identify strategies for managing and integrating spatially related transportation data both intra- and inter-agency from the perspective of a state transportation agency.

Project Information

  • Milestones, Dates: Start Date: September 1, 2002; End Date: August 31, 2003; Extended to June 30, 2007
  • Yearly Budget: $91,191.00, Total Budget: $91,191.00
  • Student Involvement: 1 Graduate Student @ 33% 9 months 1 Post-doc Researcher @ 50%
  • TRB Keywords: asset managment, management systems, data storage, information management, information systems
  • Primary Subject: Optimizing Transportation Investments
  • Modal Orientation: Institutional – all modes
  • Project ID: 03-02