Establishing a Secure Data Center with Remote Access: Preprint

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Access to existing travel data is critical for many analysis efforts that lack the time or resources to support detailed data collection. High-resolution data sets provide particular value, but also present a challenge for preserving the anonymity of the original survey participants. To address this dilemma of providing data access while preserving privacy, the National Renewable EnergyLaboratory and the U.S. Department of Transportation have launched the Transportation Secure Data Center (TSDC). TSDC data sets include those from regional travel surveys and studies that increasingly use global positioning system devices. Data provided by different collecting agencies varies with respect to formatting, elements included and level of processing conducted in support of theoriginal purpose. The TSDC relies on a number of geospatial and other analysis tools to ensure data quality and to generate useful information outputs. TSDC users can access the processed data in two different ways. The first is by downloading summary results and second-by-second vehicle speed profiles (with latitude/longitude information removed) from a publicly-accessible website. The secondmethod involves applying for a remote connection account to a controlled-access environment where spatial analysis can be conducted, but raw data cannot be removed. The TSDC website is
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research Conference - Washington, D.C.
Duration: 10 Jan 201212 Jan 2012


Conference2012 Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research Conference
CityWashington, D.C.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5400-54835


  • data collection
  • regional travel
  • Transportation Secure Data Center
  • travel data


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