TranStats is a new website for transportation researchers and analysts, aimed at providing “one stop shopping” for transportation data. The premise is fairly simple: By reducing the time needed for data gathering, more time is available for analysis. And by providing easy linkages across many data sets, we can help achieve new insights. Ultimately, this should result in more timely and more informed decisions, and a better transportation system.
Up to now, the process of compiling data to analyze a problem commonly has involved searching for data sources, contacting various data providers to get the data, often repeated contacts to get more information about the data, then sorting through the data and integrating data from various sources for analysis. This can be a very labor-intensive process, often taking months. TranStats is an e-government initiative aimed at streamlining this whole process.
TranStats offers analysts several unique features:
Users can explore the data by transportation mode or by subject area, use keyword searches to find relevant datasets, and get online help. And since all the data in TranStats are indexed with a transportation thesaurus, links to other transportation research are easy through the National Transportation Library.
Transportation modes indexed include
Subjects covered include
September 13, 2010