Brussels / 3 & 4 February 2024


Open standards, open data, open-source tools: their governance and future

For the past years, everyone has been talking about standards but how many of us can define what are standards, how they are governed and why they chose their own approach?

A lot of us work with some standards or specifications but can lack of a global perspective. Taking advantage of a conference time, let’s explore how different standards and open specifications can work together to support Public Transport Authorities, Public Transport Operators, and their third parties’ daily workload.

In this session, experts working on MMTIS EU-standards (e.g., NeTEx, SIRI) and other open specifications (e.g., ITxPT) will reflect on:

  • How open standards and specifications are defined in each case
  • Their governance and its impact
  • How open-source tools accelerate their uptake

They will also discuss the state of their current work and share some crucial lessons learnt on:

  • Communication and dissemination about standards
  • Promoting open data for National Access Points or other international repositories
  • Engaging an open-source community
  • Funding the common goods that are standards / open specifications
  • How to make sure different standardisation approaches benefit to the end-users and the multimodal mobility ecosystem

With the format of an interactive session and open discussion, this session will feature:

  • The Transmodel family (NeTEx, SIRI, OJP, OpRa, etc.), led by the CEN standardisation body
  • ITxPT Specifications, led by the non-profit organisation ITxPT
  • Open Trip Planner by Entur, the one open-source tool that combines different standards and specifications, led by a National Body (Norway)


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