Data Sharing Across Borders: Current Status

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National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence


This report is the culmination of several years of Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) involvement in international collaborations in the field of transportation research. The sponsor of this report, the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE) at VTTI, has also sponsored five biennial editions of the International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research (2008–2016). This has allowed VTTI researchers to host and network with like-minded researchers from several other countries. Throughout this time span, the playing field in data sharing has changed frequently and rapidly. This report outlines current regulations, cultural and language challenges, and trust issues. The report ends with current guidance to researchers wishing to engage in international transportation research (not only sharing data, but also collecting and storing data).



transportation research, data sharing, big data, research ethics, international research, naturalistic driving studies data