In this newsletter, you can find interesting initiatives, news about what we have been working on within the project’s main subject, as well as relevant upcoming events.
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OJP4DANUBE CURRENT STATUS: OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES OF WPS (APRIL – SEPTEMBER 2021)
WP T1: A.T1.2 — Developing the Organisational Architecture of OJP by ATE, Vienna, Austria
As part of WP T1, an organisational architecture was drafted within D.T1.2.1 – Transnational operational and organisational architecture for transnational information exchange. In this Deliverable, all relevant elements of the organisational architecture were discussed, including the stakeholder and governance structure, organisational processes, and collaboration structures.
Also, as a part of WP T1, the future adopters’ needs in the Danube Region regarding OJP deployment have been discussed within D.T1.2.2 – Future adopters’ needs in the Danube Region. This Deliverable analyzes the requirements and national environments of Croatia, Moldova, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro and proposes the continuation of dissemination activities in these countries during the next period of the project development.
The findings of these two deliverables will be combined and processed, elaborating a deployment strategy for OJP, which will be outlined in the Output O.T1.1.
WP T2: Elaboration of Multimodal OJP at UNIZA, Zilina, Slovakia
The CDT team recommended to keep the following most critical features:
- Multimodal OJP: All the basic functionalities required by a standard journey planner tool, basis for implementing additional features to support eco-friendly modes (Features 1-7)
- Feature 1: Accommodate trips that include a portion done by eco-friendly (active) mode like walking or cycling, and allowing the user to specify preferred or maximum distances and speeds
- Feature 3: Support cross-border bike routing which could overlap with existing EUROvelo routes. If possible and data is available, we will consider the option of labeling explicitly EUROvelo routes where relevant but offering EUROvelo as an input option to the user was cancelled due to the routing complications this caused.
- Feature 2: Enable the option ‘Bike-on-board’. The first of three options take place at public transport transfer points: in this case, the traveler decides to embark on a motorized public transport together with his/her bicycle, which is used for the first and last mile of a trip.
- Features 7 and 8 are nice-to-have as alternative options from the user perspective, i.e., the option of parking one’s bicycle at the station instead of taking it onboard, or the option of renting a shared bike or scooter at some destination to complete the last leg of a commuting or tourism trip. More complex features such as Feature 4 on the type and quality of the cycling infrastructure; Feature 5 on providing topographical (ascent) information, and Feature 6 on public transport interchange facilities were dropped due to data availability and data standard challenges.
OJP4Danube — Project Reinforcement at the Institute for Computer Science and Control, Budapest, Hungary
To provide seamless information for the travelers, an effective transnational door-to-door journey planner is required where information from different operators, combined solutions, and value-added parameters appear in a realistic environment. The elaborated output related to the method development of the OJP4Danube project was aimed at finding a proper way of creating a routing option for multimodal transport networks connecting separate systems.
The proposed algorithm extensively supports improving mobility and intermodality. Hence, one of the goals of the development was to provide a seamless multimodal route planning solution. The elaborated method exactly realizes this by identifying the potential exchange points between separate networks, by filtering the suitable exchange points to run the routing algorithm between the local journey planners, and by introducing a utility function to rank the listed alternatives.
OJP4Danube — Project Implementation at KORDIS JMK, Brno, Czech
In the South Moravian Region, the project partner KORDIS JMK keeps on implementing the project. The positive news is that the tender for the supplier of the necessary software modifications has been completed. The supplier will provide not only public transport timetables, but also some other transport modes – pedestrian and bicycle transport. This supplier will start work soon and will be built on the completed outputs of the OJP4Danube project.
OJP4Danube — Project E-learning Webtool at the University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
Framed within Work Package 4 and devoted to the transfer of the know-how and the OJP4Danube approach to future adopters, the e-learning webtool will provide a platform for information and educational training on Open Journey Planning and the OJP4Danube approach. The OJP4 Danube e-learning webtool will serve, not exclusively, current and future adopters, OJP implementers and developers, infrastructure and (public) service providers, local, regional and national public authorities, and higher education and research institutions.
Being now built and prepared, the e-learning webtool will serve as a knowledge portal that can encourage the implementation of the developed OJP4Danube multimodal cross-border travel information system in other countries. The Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture of the University of Maribor is guiding its preparation and development being supported by the remaining academic and research-oriented partners, ICS, UNIZA, PUT, ZITS and KHM. Content-wise, the webtool will host knowledge on the OJP Standard and its real-life application in the OJP4Danube service, policy background and connections with Public Transport EU Standards, such as Transmodel and NeTEx. The webtool will be built fully considering the requirements, guidelines and recommendations specified in the D.T4.1.1 report on the set up of the e-learning webtool for OJP, which covers the overview of the chosen solution, a synopsis of the content, related features, and technical aspects. The e-learning webtool will be available through the domain ojp4danube-edu.net, expected to be in function in December 2021.
PROSPECTIVE PROJECT-RELATED EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES (SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2021)
SCOM & OJP4Europe upcoming events – September 21 and September 22
The 3rd SCOM (Steering Committee Meeting) of OJP4Danube will be held on 21st of September on Zoom in combination with the OJP4Europe event. If you are interested to participate in this event, please register at firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the name(s) of the participant(s) and indicating whether you would like to join the meeting virtually.
Over the last past years, the relevance of the OJP standard as enabling tool to connect Europe has rapidly gained momentum.
To foster knowledge exchange and strengthen the collaboration between the key OJP-based journey planning networks across Europe and even beyond, AustriaTech is organising the OJP4Europe event. This OJP4Europe meeting is a cross-project meeting which will bring together the consortia of the Interreg projects OJP4Danube and LinkingAlps as well as involve representatives of EU-Spirit.
The OJP4Europe will take place on the 22nd of September 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions via Zoom only.