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Phil Goodwin: Issue 602 3 Aug 2012

An open-and-shut case for free access to the DfT’s modelling

Open access for the DfT’s National Transport Model – now why would anybody want that?

Phil Goodwin

"Open access call for DfT model” was the main headline in LTT’s report on the ‘Modelling World’ conference in the last issue. The story was about my suggestion that the National Transport Model, the NTM, should be made publicly available, and how the DfT response so far, from Taro Hallworth and Robin Cambery, was cautious but not ruling it out (what LTT called a “definite maybe”). I have to confess that the ‘call’ consisted of 16 words added...

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Don
4 Aug 2012

I (also) cannot undestand why open access to models at the national scale should not be made available.

See for example, open web based access to a national model, at the following link:

http://www.transportfutures.net/CommunicationsModelDemo_V_1.html

This is an interactive simplified model - indicating likely effect (on NZ) of alternative transport policies.

Don Wignall