Technical Assistance Subgroup Charter (January 2022) - usdot-jpo-ode/wzdx Wiki

Work Zone Data Exchange Technical Assistance Subgroup Charter


The Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) Technical Assistance Subgroup will be the lead steward in identifying and prioritizing the technical assistance needs of WZDx data producers and users, and sharing best practices to assist in WZDx adoption. The group will also perform community outreach and engagement activities. This subgroup is open to all Work Zone Data Working Group (WZDWG) members.


The Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) Technical Assistance Subgroup is chartered under the Work Zone Data Working Group (WZDWG), which itself is chartered under the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Transportation Subcommittee.


The WZDx Technical Assistance Subgroup is accountable to and provides recommendations to the WZDWG, which provides leadership and direction in the use and development of the WZDx Specification. This subgroup’s focus is on helping WZDWG members (data producers and users) identify their implementation pain points, and share best practices for addressing those pain points, to lower the barriers to WZDx adoption. The Subgroup will prioritize scalable technical assistance activities and resources that benefit the broader WZDWG membership.

The scope of the Subgroup includes:

1. Develop Documentation

2) Collaborate with Subgroups

3) Facilitate Institutional Buy-In for Consumers


Data Security Documentation

(February 2022)

Sample Request for Information Language

(March 2022)

Feed Validation

(April 2022)

Consumer Institutional Buy-In Document

(May 2022)

Collaboration with Subgroups

(June 2022)


The WZDx Technical Assistance Subgroup co-chairs shall be from organizations which are active in the development and application of policies related to the creation, publication, consumption, mapping, and analysis of data relevant to the mission of the WZDWG. The subgroup should have a minimum of two (2) and maximum of four (4) co-chairs that represent both data producers and users.


  1. Subgroup meetings shall be held at the request of the subgroup co-chairs and conducted as needed to meet subgroup objectives. The tentative meeting dates are posted above.
  2. Meetings will be held in-person or virtually.
  3. Agenda items will be coordinated with other subgroup members and will be available at least five days in advance of proposed meeting dates.
  4. This subgroup charter shall be reviewed and updated as deemed necessary by subgroup leadership.
  5. Issues that need to be resolved will be relayed promptly to the WZDWG chair and/or co-chairs for schedule and resolution.
  6. The subgroup may establish additional rules and procedures for conducting business.


The subgroup will employ the tools best suited to meet its responsibilities, e.g., the use of teleconferences, GitHub, and web meetings. Subgroup co-chairs will coordinate working group activities with other WZDx subgroups, the larger WZDWG, the FGDC Coordination Group, and other appropriate parties that are necessary to accomplish key activities, effectively growing the geospatial community.


The subgroup shall develop an annual summary of accomplishments and planned activities which shall be presented to the WZDWG Chair.

The WZDWG Chair may request that the subgroup prepare special reports, white papers, technical papers, briefings and the like to address pertinent issues, crosscutting activities, and/or urgent matters consistent with larger FGDC community needs. These requests may come from one or several FGDC offices - the Office of the Secretariat, Coordination Group, or Member Agencies. The Work Zone Data v3 Specification Update Subgroup, through the WZDWG Chair, will submit content for the FGDC Annual Report each year, as requested by the FGDC Secretariat.

The subgroup shall publish information about its activities on the WZDx GitHub wiki page. References may need to be established between independent sites and the FGDC Transportation Subcommittee site.


This charter will remain in effect for a maximum of twelve (12) months, or until amended, replaced, or terminated by the WZDWG Chair, the Transportation Subcommittee Chair, the FGDC Steering Committee, or the FGDC Coordination Group.

This charter shall be posted on the GeoPlatform Communities web site as well as the Work Zone Data Exchange GitHub wiki page.