Come one, come all, lend us your ideas!

Canstockphoto20097893 (1)The best ideas seem to come from groups of individuals working together to share their thoughts. DOT employees are full of great ideas not only related to their work areas, but on topics that hold a personal interest for them.

Beginning this Friday afternoon, the Performance and Technology Division is starting a regular idea exchange and they would welcome your input. Each idea exchange will focus on a particular topic. A core group of individuals with a working knowledge of that topic will be invited but don’t let that stop you from showing up. Any Iowa DOT employee is invited to attend, with their supervisor’s permission. In fact, the more fresh perspectives that can be brought to the table, the better. 

EVENT: Idea Exchange – Winter Operations Public Dashboards

DATE: Friday, January 30, 2015

TIME: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

LOCATION: East/West Materials Conference Room 

The first idea exchange will be focused on public dashboards for winter operations including the current capabilities of open data feeds, such as the AVL/GPS data, and how they are currently being used. If you have an interest in these areas, even if you don’t currently work in them, or are just curious what an idea exchange is, your participation is encouraged. 

Some potential questions being discussed may include:

  • Are there other DOT uses for this kind of information?
  • What potential public uses could there be for this kind of information?
  • What additional information would be of interest to internal and external customers?
  • By what means should the information be shared or displayed?
  • What different kinds of information would be useful to pull together?

The goal of the idea exchange is to expand and incorporate a wider variety of perspectives in how to move forward and improve our work at the Iowa DOT. Results of the discussions will be shared regularly through the Transportation Matters Blog. 

If you have an idea for a future idea exchange topic please send it to [email protected]. Hope to see you on Friday afternoon!

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