Eric Boerer of BikePGH led the group, whose task was to provide answers to research questions using the crash data and other datasets. The key research questions are posted in a separate google doc, as well as copied below. If you are interested in taking the lead in answering these questions, please share details on how you'll approach the question, describe any additional help you'll need with data or analysis, and let others know how you plan to continue work on the research.
This group led by Bob Gradeck of Pitt is working to develop a user guide for the crash data. User guides contain details about a dataset, and can be used to help others working with crash data in Pennsylvania. Typical features of a data user guide include a description of how the information is created, examples of how the information is used, and an assessment of what is (or isn't) included in the data. The Regional Data Center has developed user guides for property assessment and 311 data, and this is the first group effort to create a user guide.
We're open to help from anyone that wants to learn more about this data, and you can make an important contribution to our work even if you're just getting started with data. We'll definitely benefit from contributors with good interviewing and writing skills.
Bob will set-up group interviews with police officers at the City and a few other jurisdictions responsible for collecting the data, along with interviews with the State Department of Transportation's crash data experts. If anyone knows a police officer that might be willing to talk about their experience with reporting crashes, please contact Bob and he'll set up an interview.The participants at the meeting will be invited to participate in these conversations, and if you're interested in being part of the interview, please complete the volunteer form.