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Data Sources and Management

Part 2 of 5 in the Crowdsourcing for Operations Course via Webinar

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Time: 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. ET
Cost: All T3 webinars are free of charge.
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T3 Webinars are brought to you by the ITS Professional Capacity Building Program (ITS PCB) at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO). Reference in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the USDOT.


Most public agencies and private companies use crowdsourcing, which is the practice of addressing a need or a problem by enlisting the services of large numbers of people through technology. Organizations crowdsource product reviews, idea generation, feature detection, funding, and much more. With the proliferation of location-based technologies, an unprecedented wave of crowdsourced data is available to transportation agencies. Moreover, analytics tools and services make processing and using crowdsourced data a true game-changer for advancing intelligent transportation systems (ITS) solutions and transportation systems management and operations (TSMO).

Since 2019, the FHWA Every Day Counts (EDC) Innovation, Crowdsourcing for Advancing Operations, has been supporting the adoption of crowdsourced data and tools to advance transportation operations across 35+ States and their local agencies to improve traffic incident, road weather, work zone, traffic signal, traveler information, and emergency management, along with a host of other ITS and TSMO practices.

The Crowdsourcing Innovation Team in collaboration with the ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program is delivering an introductory Crowdsourcing course through a series of five webinars, featuring State and local practitioner perspectives. Webinars will take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM ET. The following highlights webinar dates and topics:

The following highlights webinar dates and topics:

May 16 Introduction and Application Highlights
June 20 Data Sources and Management
July 18 Traveler Information and Traffic Incident Management
August 15 Road Weather and Arterial Management
September 19 Emergency and Work Zone Management and Next Steps

Target Audience

The target audience for this webinar will include transportation professionals with an interest in or responsibility for the management and operations of roadway systems, including local, State, or Federal Departments of Transportation or Public Works as well as consultant, university, or contractor support. No prior experience is required to attend this webinar series; however, participants are advised to attend the first two and the final webinars in this series either during the live delivery or as a recorded event.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the common crowdsourced data sources, data providers, data fields, and how the data might be used.
  • Understand data validation considerations when using crowdsourced data for transportation systems management and operations (TSMO).
  • Understand the importance of data management for crowdsourced and broader agency data.
  • Describe at a high level how modern data management differs from traditional data management.


Ralph Volpe, USDOT/FHWA Resource Center, Operations Technical Service Team, FHWA EDC-6 Crowdsourcing Program Co-Lead and Transportation Systems Operations Specialist
Ralph Volpe Mr. Volpe is responsible for providing technical assistance, training, and deploying strategies and techniques to FHWA’s internal and external customers on topics such as TSMO, integrated corridor management, active transportation and demand management, operations performance management, and organizing/planning for operations. Before joining FHWA in 2001, Mr. Volpe was a specialist in planning and public transportation for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Mr. Volpe holds a Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Alex Wassman, Missouri Department of Transportation, Data Sources Instructor, Traffic Management and Operations Engineer
Alex Wassman Mr. Wassman has over 15 years of experience that spans TSMO, Traffic Management Center policy and operations, highway design, and intelligent transportation systems. He is the current chair of the Traffic Management Center Pooled Fund Study. He holds a Professional Engineer license and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri.

Chris Lambert, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), Data Management Instructor
Chris Lambert Mr. Lambert has been with KYTC for over 23 years where he has served in various positions. Chris currently leads data modernization for the KYTC Maintenance Division. He previously supported ITS systems, managing the public-private partnership with Google/Waze and implementing a real-time data system that supports Traveler Information System (GoKY), Automated Crash Detection, Snow and Ice Decision Support, and Work Zone Monitoring.

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