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September 3rd, 2015
Open Data Apps Could Clear the Road for Safer Travel

Previously unreleased transport data, now available via a new innovative open data platform, is helping to make future transport solutions safer, easier and more efficient.

Developed by VicRoads using the world’s leading smart mapping technology – Esri’s ArcGIS Platform – the VicRoads Open Data Site features more than 50 high-quality and publicly available datasets.
VicRoads Manager for Spatial Services Dr Hossein Parsa addressed a forum of the country’s leading ArcGIS specialists on the possibilities of open access to the road authority’s data at a conference in Melbourne today.
“The online community is constantly pushing the boundaries to develop clever transport outcomes and solutions,” Dr Parsa said.

“By making data more accessible, we are providing even more opportunities to create innovative outcomes.
“Our platform provides easy access to a wealth of road and transport data, including traffic congestions, road incidents and crashes, and emergency road closures.
“Developers, data scientists, spatial specialists and the public are encouraged to explore the platform to build apps and tools to make travel easier and safer for all Victorians.”

Esri Australia transport specialist Evan Quick said the possibilities of map-based apps were endless when open data is combined with smart mapping technology.

“Apart from being a clever use of smart mapping technology, the VicRoads Open Data Site has set a high benchmark for other open data-based initiatives,” Mr Quick said.
“By having organisations like VicRoads support open data initiatives, the focus moves from fulfilling legislative obligations to making a real difference to the state’s road toll.
“We’re excited to share the work undertaken by VicRoads, as we know it will likely inspire a whole new generation of civic-developed apps that have the real potential to make our cities safer, cleaner and more sustainable.”
The Open Data Site forms part of the Victorian Government’s DataVic Access Policy and in conjunction with data.vic.gov.au, provides greater access to open data to benefit road users, increase mobility and provide better transport options for citizens.
In taking to the stage at Ozri, Dr Parsa will be joined by a distinguished line-up of local and international GIS specialists.
Hosted by Esri Australia, Ozri 2015 wraps up today with some of the world’s leading GIS experts discussing current trends and new developments across the ArcGIS platform.
Visit the VicRoads Open Data Portal at: vicroadsopendata.vicroadsmaps.opendata.arcgis.com