Information published on 17 December 2019 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 673.

MERITS Workshop to be held on 23 January 2020 (2-5 pm) at UIC Paris – free of charge

Dedicated to data users and data providers

  • Passenger
  • MERITS
  • Promoting
  • Timetabling
  • Workshop

UIC launched the new MERITS [1] framework in March 2019 in response to the sector’s expectations with regard to business, regulations and digital evolution. A new contractual framework has been put in place, based on the principle of non-discrimination and compliant with the principles of competition law. It provides precise legal definitions of the roles of data provider and data user (rights and terms of conditions). A product catalogue has been created and is now available on the UIC website. Commercialisation of MERITS licences has commenced.

After nine months of activity, UIC is now organising a workshop on MERITS with the aim of:

  • Better understanding the expectations of data providers and data users with regard to MERITS products, such as timetable data
  • Clarifying the legal identities and roles of the stakeholders involved in MERITS data exchange
  • Explaining the MERITS commercialisation process
  • providing details of MERITS data structures and the challenges involved in good data quality
  • Providing a status report on the results achieved
  • Brainstorming on the future development of MERITS
    • Alternative format for integrated data delivery
    • Realtime data
    • Other

A free workshop will be held at UIC headquarters in Paris on 23 January from 2 to 5 pm. The agenda is as follows:

  • Introduction
  • MERITS licence commercialisation
  • Data providers’ rights and duties
  • Data users’ rights and duties
  • Data quality
  • Timetable messages
  • Station messages
  • Integration rules
  • Future development
  • Q&A

Please contact Fabrice Setta, UIC Senior Advisor Passenger Transport, if you would like to attend:

setta@uic.org

Footnotes

[1MERITS (Multiple East-West Railways Integrated Timetable Storage) is a database, owned by UIC, containing the integrated timetable data of many European and some non-European countries (Russia, Turkey, Belarus), comprising a few hundred railway undertakings (RUs).

MERITS is a B2B tool designed for railway distribution. Railway companies remain responsible for the manner in which their information and distribution channels are supplied, based on their own commercial strategies. EDIFACT is currently the only format used for importing and exporting data (SKDUPD and TSDUPD messages).

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