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Putting data at the heart of Europe’s mobility: new NAPCORE project kicks off

08/12/2021
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Data plays a crucial role in the public transport sector

From the development of new mobility services, to creating more efficient processes, to unlocking new insights into public transport: data – and the sharing of this data – is key for advancing our sector.

Now, UITP is proud to announce it has entered into NAPCORE, the new EU-funded project aiming to advance data sharing practices in the European Union.

NAPCORE stands for National Access Point Coordination Organisation for Europe: it is a newly formed organisation to coordinate and harmonise more than 30 mobility data platforms all over Europe.

NAPCORE: Moving Europe forward with data

EU requirements state that each Member State must establish a National Access Point (NAP): a place where mobility related data is published and made available for use, for example in travel information services.

By now, there are more than 30 operational NAPs in virtually all EU Member States (and beyond). However, it has become apparent, that the NAPs are quite different in their setup and data access interfaces. Also, the data published looks different throughout Europe from a data format and standard perspective.

NAPCORE has been launched as coordination mechanism to improve interoperability of the NAPs as backbone of European mobility data exchange. NAPCORE improves the interoperability of mobility related data in Europe with mobility data standard harmonisation and alignment. Also, NAPCORE empowers NAPs in defining and implementing common procedures and strategy, strengthening their position and supporting steps towards the creation of European-wide solutions to better facilitate the use of EU-wide data.

NAPCORE is coordinated by Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt) and includes 35 other partners. Initially, the project will run until the end of 2024, but the goal is to establish a long-lasting and future-oriented platform organisation.

Stay tuned for the NAPCORE website!

To ensure a seamless door-to-door travel ecosystem across Europe that covers all mobility services, EU Member States need to join forces on how data among them is shared and treated. This is exactly where the NAPCORE project comes in.
Daria Kuzmina
Rail Manager, Knowledge & Innovation, UITP

Data 4 Public Transport

UITP very much recognises the key role data has in advancing our sector. Last month, we published the new Policy Brief ‘A framework for sustainable data sharing in public transport’, which addresses the need for the public transport sector to play an active role in the data economy through the facilitation of data sharing.

Furthermore, in January 2020 UITP was proud to launch and coordinate DATA4PT, another EU initiative that supports EU Member States in deploying a set of harmonised European public data standards (called Transmodel, NeTEx and SIRI).

 

On 13 December, DATA4PT, organises its 2nd DATA4PT Stakeholders Forum, taking place virtually from 09.30 to 12.00 (CEST). The webinar : “MMTIS Revision – Overcoming challenges, creating new opportunities” will present the new MMTIS (Multi-Modal Travel Information Services) legislation and will focus on EU Member States’ expectations from the revision. Register here.

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