Progress Report to Framework Management Group -
Develop a plan for the next phase of the Transportation
Framework development. An interest group of potential Trans Framework
users and data providers is in the process of developing a project charter for
the next phase. The charter is nearing completion with a draft copy ready
for review after the next meeting (November 30).
Progress to Date:
The Washington State Transportation Framework is a seamless set of data
that are consistent, connected, and continuous between segments of the
transportation framework and with other framework layers. The transportation
framework represents the best data available and includes mechanisms to
improve over time. Framework data is accessible to the general public at the
least cost with the least restrictions.
- The approach to developing the framework is to start with an initial
consensus of what the framework will consists of as defined by this charter.
The next step will build on the understandings documented in the charter to
further identify partners, their business needs, technology available, and a
data model. A pilot project will then be undertaken for a limited geographic
area (i.e. a few counties) and limited data contents (i.e. roads, railroads,
bridges, and culverts) to show what it takes to do a framework and whether
we can do a framework. Throughout, institutional arrangements necessary to
facilitate the framework will be identified and implemented.
- A project team will be formed to be responsible for scope, objectives, and
overall success of the pilot project. A technical team reporting to the
project team will make recommendations to the project team.
- The data model to be developed will be inclusive. That is, the model will
be developed to meet the business needs that are identified to the greatest
extent possible while avoiding analysis paralysis. If the pilot determines
full scope data modeling is not practical, the scope may be limited to allow
the project to move forward. Data population of the database during the
pilot will be limited in geographic area and contents in order to test the
data model and framework processes at a lower cost.
- It is anticipated that development of the transportation framework will be
an iterative process that will result in changes to the charter and to
requirements as we learn.
- Identify and recruit partners to develop, maintain, and distribute the
transportation framework and framework data that meets a set of business and
analytical needs defined by the partners.
- Develop a transportation framework data model and standards based on
business and analytical needs for the data, technology available to
implement the model, and the ability to provide and maintain the data over
- Define and implement institutional arrangements to facilitate data
collection and maintenance partnerships, and to make the data accessible at
the least cost with the least restrictions on use.
- Implement interactive platform independent software, database, and
processes to support integration of data received from data providers,
maintenance of data by data stewards, and data accessibility by partners and
the general public.
The project scope identifies the boundaries of the transportation framework
development efforts. The scope defines elements of the transportation framework
that will be considered for inclusion in the framework. Topics include contents,
extent (geographic area), resolution (scale), datum (horizontal and vertical),
metadata, linear referencing, feature attributes, institutional arrangements,
data integration (within the transportation theme and between the transportation
theme and other framework themes), data quality, technology, software, and
tools. It is anticipated scope will be different for requirement definition,
pilot, initial implementation, and future capabilities.
Critical Success Factors (DRAFT):
- Establish broad participation.
- Establish standards which enhance the will and ability of partners to
collect and maintain the data.
- Provide the data needed to meet business and analytical needs. Data
must be accurate, complete, described, up-to-date, and not too complicated
- Define a model that partners agree meets their needs.
- Identify the right standards needed to meet business needs, and that
facilitate integration of data from multiple sources.
- Identify standards that recognize the capabilities of existing technology
to support the standards.
- Phase development to allow delivery of a product within the biennium.
Expect on-going growth and improvement.
The Interorganizational Resources Information Coordinating
Council (IRICC) Transportation Strike Team is continuing to meet. At
the last meeting (10/6), a progress report the Washington planning effort was
made. There is interest in what we are developing and we will continue to
share progress with them. Bill Bogue, EPA, has resigned as chair of the
group due to budget restrictions on travel and work load. The scheduled
11/17 meeting will go on, hosted by the Region Ecosystem Office (REO).
Supplemental budget request by WSDOT for 2000 session was
dropped. WSDOT policy on supplemental budget funding requests is that an
unfunded/failed request indicates the item is not a priority for the
Legislature. The result is that we don't proceed with the item even if
other funding can be found. Given some of the needed funding exists and
addition is likely to be available through partners, the decision was made to
not risk moving the project forward.
Impact of I-695. Voters approved reduction of the
Motor Vehicle Excise Tax on November 2. Media reports of the impact of the
loss of revenue to state and local government are widespread. WSDOT is in
the process of developing an interim management plan for operating under the
reduced funding through the 2000 legislative session. Until the plan is
completed (12/10/99) the WSDOT funding for the Transportation and Cadastral
Framework projects is in doubt. Also, the Legislature have other
priorities from WSDOT's so it may be end of session before we know for
sure. It is likely that the ability of local government partners to
participate will also be reduced. Creativity is going to be required!
November 30, 1:00 - 4:00, Transportation Building, Shaman
Conference Room, Olympia.
January 4, 9:15-Noon, same location, if needed.
George Spencer, (360) 709-5515, firstname.lastname@example.org