Research and analysis

Future of Transport: data standards scoping study

This report reviews the current data standards landscape and recommends how they can be used in a Future of Transport context.


Future of Transport: system interoperability and standards

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Uncertainty around data standards is regularly cited by stakeholders as hampering data sharing and transport system interoperability, which in turn is slowing down data-enabled transport innovation.

Therefore, the Department for Transport commissioned the British Standards Institution (BSI) to:

  • review the current data standards landscape
  • explore whether current standards are fit for purpose in a Future of Transport context

The BSI’s findings were that, while there are an array of data standards relevant to our Future of Transport programme, they’re not widely known in the transport sector – particularly among new entrants.

In this report, the BSI make recommendations to address this and ensure that transport data standards evolve as technology advances.

This report is part of the Future of Transport programme, which aims to shape transport innovation and secure the UK’s position as a leader in the transport sector of the future.

Published 24 November 2020