[Linux-aus] Open source job in the Philippines on a road safety platform

Pia Waugh pia.waugh at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 18:06:04 EST 2014

Hi all, apologies for cross posting, but thought this might be of interest
for a few people :)


Request for expression of interest for selection # 1157287
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Selection Information

Assignment Title: Philippines Open-Source Road Safety Platform
Publication Date: 19-Aug-2014
Expression of Interest Deadline: 26-Aug-2014 at 11:59:59 PM (EST)
Contact Name: Holly Krambeck
Contact Email: hkrambeck at worldbank.org
Language of Notice: English

Selection Notice

Assignment Country: PH - Philippines
Funding Sources: TF017652 - EAP Green Transport ICT KGGTF
Individual/Firm: The consultant will be an individual. The consultant will
be a firm.

Assignment Description



Electronic Submissions through World Bank Group eConsultant2


Assignment Title: Philippines Open-Source Road Safety Platform

Assignment Countries:
- Philippines



1. Road Accidents. Road accidents are a leading global cause of death among
15-39 year-olds, and about 92% of traffic deaths occur in low- and
middle-income countries. According to a 2009 report prepared by the
National Center for Transportation Studies, road accidents cost the
Philippines nearly 2.6% of its GDP each year. These accidents not only pose
immeasurable human costs, they are also impediments to economic
development, affecting the most productive segments of the population and
degrading the efficiency of transport networks.

2. Institutions. Despite the importance of road safety, there remains
substantial underreporting of road traffic accidents and relatively
underdeveloped road accident data management system in the Philippines.
Currently, data are collected but are unlinked between separate entities.
For example:

a. The Philippines National Police (PNP). Road accident data is manually
collected across more than 1,000 local government units and are partially
encoded into a database managed by the PNP headquarters in Manila.
b. Local Government Units. Road accidents reported by traffic enforcers are
manually recorded in logbooks. Of all transport units in Philippine cities,
only the Metro Manila Development Authority maintains an electronic
database of accidents (MARAS), though, this database does not include any
GIS-based data, and because it is hosted on-site, other agencies cannot
access the database.
c. Hospital Network. Of more than 1,000 hospitals in the Philippines health
system, only a handful regularly record and report road accident-based
injuries in an electronic database.
d. Department of Highways and Public Works (DPWH). As a primary beneficiary
of road accident data, the DPWH has previously tried to host its own
database (TARAS), but due to difficulties in obtaining data to populate it,
halted the program in 2013 for re-evaluation.
e. National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS). In 2011, developed a
national crash database primarily for research purposes but had
difficulties coordinating quality data inputs. Project closed in 2012.

3. Challenges. As a result of this decentralized approach, unnecessary
resources are spent collecting the same data multiple times, causing
inconsistencies among data from different sources. Given the inherent
difficulties in systematically aggregating these data across multiple
agencies, decisions to allocate scarce traffic management and
infrastructure investment resources in the Philippines are rarely
evidence-based, and systems to monitor the efficacy of interventions do not

5. OpenTraffic Pilot Program. To overcome these challenges, the Department
of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Cebu City Government, Metro
Manila Development Authority, and the Department of Science and Technology
(DOST) have been piloting an open-source, web-based platform that supports
the creation of a digital, geo-spatially referenced and real-time database
of road incidents. This pilot platform has been successfully deployed in
Cebu and Manila, and combined, more than 20,000 unique road accident
reports have been recorded since the platform was introduced in 2013. The
platform has also since been adopted by the Philippines National Police for
crime mapping in Metro Manila. The platform and database are hosted by DOST
and accessible via Internet.

6. Pilot Design Principles. For sustainability, the platform was designed
according to the following principles:

a. Low cost;
b. Very simple to use and have few technical requirements;
c. Improve upon, rather than change existing institutional processes for
recording road incident data;
d. Scalable; and
e. Produce immediate results that add value to a transport agencys
operations; and Support open data, to build public support for data

7. The platform software and code may be freely downloaded from here:

8. Preliminary Data Analyses. Using data collected through the platform
from February 2013 through December 2013, the DOTC, with support from the
World Bank, analyzed the reported accident data to determine whether it is
sufficient to:

a. Optimize traffic enforcer station assignments by accident likelihood,
with assignments varying by time of day and day of week;
b. Identify the most accident prone intersections and corridors; and
c. Assign an economic cost to the most accident prone locations, to support
budget allocations for corridor improvements.

9. Initial analyses have been very promising, with clear actions stemming
from the analyses.

10. Scaling Up. Given the pilots unexpected success as a sustainable system
for recording and accessing road crash data in the Philippines, the DOTC
seeks to support scaling up of the pilot program: (a) integrating more data
creators e.g., the PNP, DoH, and additional LGUs as well as data users
e.g., DPWH and the public; and (b) expanding the analytical capabilities of
the platform.

11. Road Safety Workshop. To this end the DOTC has hosted two road safety
workshops to date with representatives from the following agencies to
discuss on-going road accident recording initiatives and determine how an
open-source platform could be developed to meet stakeholders different

a. The Road Board
b. Department of Transportation and Communications
c. Department of Highways and Public Works
d. Philippines National Police
e. Department of Science and Technology
f. Metro Manila Development Authority
g. National Center for Transportation Studies

12. The Road Board has agreed to invest in the initiative with parallel
financing, and the participating agencies have committed staff, time, and
resources to the project.

*Project Proposal*

13. Project Development Objective. The project development objective is to
mitigate road accidents in the Philippines by:

a. Improving the efficiency of recording, accessing and sharing road
accident data reported by local traffic enforcement units, the national
police, and the hospital system;
b. Creating open-source tools to support: (i) use of historical data to
inform traffic management and investment decision making; and (ii)
monitoring of the efficacy of road safety improvements; and
c. Providing real time traffic incidence information to academia and the
public in a low cost, efficient manner.

14. Project Components. Building on the successful OpenTraffic pilot
program, the DOTC proposes the following project components:

a. Component 1: Open-Source Road Accident Data Management Platform
Improvements to be made to the currently in-use OpenTraffic platform (see
Background section, above), including: Customized data entry interface for
local traffic management agencies, hospitals, and the Philippines National
Police; Improved data visualization tools and filters; Formalized
administrative arrangements for separate user logins and data management
privileges; and Coordination with the Department of Science and Technology
on continued national-level hosting arrangements.

b. Component 2: Open-Source Road Accident Data Sharing and Analytical Tools
A data governing policy and suite of web-based analytical tools for use by
the above agencies, as well as the Department of Transportation and
Communications (DOTC); the Department of Highways and Public Works (DPWH);
local universities and research centers (e.g., NCTS); and other third
parties, as deemed appropriate (e.g., app developers, media). Types of
analyses to be supported would include, at a minimum: Optimizing traffic
enforcer and police assignments by accident likelihood, with assignments
optimized by time of day and day of week; Identification of specific
priority intersections and corridors for further survey work; Assignment of
an economic cost to the most accident prone locations, to support budget
allocations for corridor improvements; and Monitoring of the efficacy of
road safety improvements.

c. Component 3: Road Accident Data Management Institutional Reform (not
included in this contract)
The DOTC and Road Safety Board will prepare and implement institutional
arrangements for sustaining and governing the program, in accordance with
the finalized technical work flow arrangement.

d. Component 4: Road Accident University Exchange Program (not included in
this contract)
To further ensure program sustainability, the DOTC proposes instituting an
international university exchange program during project implementation,
inviting students and faculty to work together to innovate the most
effective ways to analyze and use the road accident data generated through
the program.

The consultant will be a firm.

The World Bank now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest
in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information
indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures,
description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions,
availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc. for firms; CV and
cover letter for individuals). Please note that the total size of all
attachments should be less than 5MB. Consultants may associate to enhance
their qualifications.

Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically
through World Bank Group eConsultant2 (
Qualification Criteria

*1.* Provide information showing that they are qualified in the field of
the assignment. *
*2.* Provide information on the technical and managerial capabilities of
the firm. *
*3.* Provide information on their core business and years in business. *
*4.* Provide information on the qualifications of key staff. *

* - Mandatory

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request for expression of interest. The consultant will be selected from a
shortlist, subject to availability of funding.
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