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Press Briefing: Unlocking railway data - Present and Future

Published: 20 November 2023 Updated: 07 December 2023

Watch the recording of this event, which marked the official launch of the innovative Railway Factsheets and discover how railway data will be defined and linked in the near future.

Wednesday 06 December 2023, 10:30 - Wednesday 06 December 2023, 12:00 (Europe/Brussels)
Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Watch the recording of the press briefing

Press release

Press Release 6 December 2023 - ERA Takes Action to Reduce Fragmentation in the European Rail Data Landscape

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Invitation: Press Briefing | Brussels Press Club | Unlocking railway data - Present and Future | 6 December 2022 | 10.30 – 12.00 | Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels

The European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) extends a warm invitation to you for our upcoming press briefing, marking the official launch of the innovative Railway Factsheets and presenting how railway data shall be defined and linked in the near future. Join us on Wednesday 6 December 2023, from 10:30 to 12:00 at the Brussels Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels.

Click here to read the press release published during that event

Agenda: During this press briefing, relevant speakers will shed light on the accomplishments to date and prospects in leveraging the potential of railway data:

  • Josef Doppelbauer – ERA Executive Director 
  • Mitchell van Balen - Economic Evaluation Officer, Analysis Team, ERA
  • Christopher Carr – Head of Operational Data Unit, ERA

Join us for a live demo of the Country Railway Factsheets practical tool! And engage in a dynamic discussion on the benefits of ERA's initiative to unlock data from its registers. 

What is the expected impact of this new tool developed by ERA? Empowerment and democratisation of railway data, enabling everybody to retrieve comprehensive insights into the rail sector across European countries, covering transport performance, railway organisations, rolling stock, infrastructure, safety, market structure and more.


ERA’s mission is to move Europe towards a sustainable and safe railway system without frontiers. It does so through its authority tasks, developing technical specifications for interoperability, and by harmonising and collecting railway data. The Agency collaborates with the railway sector to bring this work forward. The Railway Factsheets and linked data are crucial steps in addressing historical fragmentation in the European railway data landscape, tackling issues such as data gaps, incompatible national definitions, and accessibility barriers that reduce the efficiency of railway operations and complicate policymaking.

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Agenda Press Briefing 6 December 2023

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