Data & Information System Interface Committee

    The Data and Information System Interface Committee (DISIC) was established to provide a focus for the governance, management, and exploitation of data, information and knowledge in a safe, cost effective and efficient manner. In doing this, it will support the data-related aims of the Rail Sector Deal, the Joint Rail Data Action Plan, and the Rail Technical Strategy.


    The scope of the DISIC is defined in its remit and comprises:

    • Leadership in relevant areas of data governance required for the delivery of the Rail Technical Strategy (RTS), Joint Rail Data Action Plan (JRDAP) and Rail Sector Deal (RSD), including:
    • the development of an appropriate Information Management Framework for use within the rail industry
    • the development of a metadata structure suitable for the categorisation of datasets at a cross-industry level
    • the identification and, where appropriate, recommendation of existing data standards and protocols for adoption by the rail industry
    • the identification and, where appropriate, development of new data standards and protocols for adoption by the rail industry
    • Provision of guidance and support to the delivery of relevant areas of the RTS, JRDAP and RSD, namely:
    • the technical development of the Rail Data Marketplace
    • the technical development of a multi-modal National Access Point
    • the development of a methodology for valuing data and creating business cases for shareable data
    • the development of the necessary industry skills and culture that will lead to a data-driven railway.

    The DISIC currently has three task and finish subgroups to support the above scope:

    Data & Information System Interface Committee table of subgroups

    Message from the chair

    DISIC is the focal point for the railway industry’s data challenges.  It plays a key role in the work of the Rail Data Council, the industry body with oversight of delivery of data-related aspects of the Rail Technical Strategy and Rail Sector Deal, which will become more important as the rail industry moves towards the commitment made as part of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail and the creation of Great British Railways.  DISIC commissions research and other activity to support key goals of these important industry strategies.


      The group's membership is made up of the following industry categories:

      • academia
      • Met Office
      • passenger train operators
      • rolling stock owners and leasing companies
      • freight and other non-passenger train operators
      • infrastructure managers and owners
      • suppliers and rolling stock manufacturers
      • RSSB
      • Department for Transport
      • Office of Rail and Road.
      Chair of committee: Karl Butler-Garnham , Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      RSSB main representative: Liz Davies , RSSB
      Other Members
      Other members
      Phani Chinchapatnam
      Network Rail - North West & Central Region
      Infrastructure Manager
      Sonia Zahiroddiny
      High Speed Two (HS2) Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Jon Liddle
      Amey Plc
      Toby Ayre
      Rail Delivery Group
      Industry Association
      Jason Durk
      3Squared Ltd
      Nicholas Peluffo
      Department For Transport
      Payam Zargarzadeh
      Connected Places Catapult
      Steve Warner
      Arriva UK Trains
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Mike Cummings
      Department For Transport
      Liz Davies
      Thomas Butcher
      Met Office
      Graham Dutton
      Angel Trains Ltd
      Rolling Stock Owner
      John Easton
      University of Birmingham
      Lucy Charlton
      Office of Rail and Road
      Office of Rail and Road
      Jon Liddle
      Amey Plc
      Karl Butler-Garnham
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Emon Khan
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Thomas Wild
      Eversholt Rail Limited
      Rolling Stock Owner
      Alex Moor
      Do you need to get in touch with this group?
      Contact our Industry Groups Manager for questions about the next meeting or about vacancies within this group.
      Funmi Jeje
      Tel: 0203 142 5624
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