Mobility Data Collaborative Publishes Best Practices for Data Terminology and Governance

New mobility glossary and data governance create consistency for privacy-minded mobility data sharing between operators and public agencies

WARRENDALE, Pa., (May 5, 2020) — The Mobility Data Collaborative (Collaborative), a multi-sector forum of leading mobility partners, today released two best practices – a glossary of standardized terms and metrics as well as guidelines for privacy-focused data governance and contracting. This collective effort by shared mobility operators, data aggregators, public agencies, academia, and others provides solutions for the challenge of inconsistent definitions and rapidly changing data governance policies.
The Data Sharing Glossary and Metrics for Shared Micromobility provides a standardized set of definitions and methodologies for commonly used terms and metrics. This best practice complements existing data specifications and creates clarity and consistency in interpreting mobility data across all stakeholders. For example, the best practice outlines thorough methodologies to calculate the “maximum average number of vehicles” in a given geography.
Additionally, the Guidelines for Mobility Data Sharing Governance and Contracting offers a foundation to address both the interests of the public and the private sectors while providing privacy, transparency, data ownership and public trust. Public agencies and operators can use these foundational guidelines when crafting new data sharing agreements. This allows for all stakeholders to better collect, share and protect mobility data.
“I’m proud of our Collaborative mobility partners who came together quickly to advance mobility data sharing,” said Annie Chang, head of new mobility at SAE International and director of the Collaborative. “These best practices are critical first steps to solve today’s complex mobility data challenges, and the Collaborative will continue to convene and deliver best practices that drive innovation in the ever-evolving mobility landscape.”
New mobility options, such as shared cars and scooters, have rapidly emerged in cities over the past decade. Data generated by these mobility services offers an exciting opportunity to provide valuable and timely insight to effectively develop transportation policy and infrastructure. As the world becomes more data-driven, common language and frameworks help remove barriers to safe data sharing without compromising consumer trust.
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