Access to DOT data provides opportunities for consumers to conduct valuable research and analyses, combine data layers into new and interesting “mashups” of DOT and non-DOT data, and build novel applications, services, or derivative information products. Increased visibility and use of DOT data will result in increased citation, innovation and new research ideas. It will also lend greater credibility to scientific, engineering, and policy-making communities across a broad spectrum of the public and private sectors.
Section 2 provides information about the structure and content of Data.gov as they relate to the DOT. Section 3 outlines an interim publishing process and provides guidelines and resource links to assist DOT program managers and data access coordinators to identify, evaluate, prioritize, and prepare datasets and tools for inclusion in Data.gov. The evaluation questionnaire is contained in Appendix A.