Transportdata.be is the national access point for information on passenger transport for each of the transport methods, this being for both transport services that work to a timetable and for on-demand transport services.
The aim of this national platform is to centralise the access to all available datasets on passenger transport in Belgium. In this way, the NAP aims to make it possible for travel information service suppliers and producers of digital maps to design multi-modal travel planners. This will make door-to-door travel in the European Union easier and advance the ‘modal shift’. The datasets originate from all possible parties in both the public and the private sector.
If you make your company or organisation's data available via this access point, you will have a handy template at your disposal along with the ability to upload datasets (mainly intended for small files).
If you wish to get started with the data, the NAP will enable you to:
• search through the data and services available in the catalogue and contact those responsible for managing them;
• gain access to URLs for web services that use the datasets;
• download accessible datasets directly.
The catalogue offers metadata sheets in line with the co-ordinated European profile (i.e. the Co-ordinated Metadata Catalogue). This profile will most likely be supplemented and updated.
Finally, this portal site includes a communication platform where all users can receive support and where contacts can be made with a view to further developments based on the data files. Hopefully this will give rise to cross-fertilisation, leading to the development of new services and applications.
At the request and on behalf of the ITS steering committee, the management of the Transportdata.be-platform is entrusted to the National Geographic Institute.
The National Geographic Institute (NGI) is a B-type semi-governmental organisation under the supervision of the Minister of Defence. The NGI positions itself more and more as the information broker and authentic source of geographical information, while it makes sure the public data created by the federal administration are readily accessible to the outside world. The NGI has already cooperated successfully for the integration of other public federal authentic sources in the framework of the INSPIRE Directive.
The ITS Steering Committee includes the federal and regional bodies involved in the implementation of intelligent transport systems. As competences related to ITS are split up between regional and federal authorities, the ITS steering committee takes care of coordination and cooperation. Concerning this national access point, the authorities involved are notably: