Since the clearinghouse is based on a NCHRP
project, I have contact the NCHRP Program Officer to get more information on
what scope of the clearinghouse is and what types of material will be included.
Unfortunately, he has been in panel meetings all week so I haven’t been
able to connect with him. So many of the journals and publications of
organizations mentioned in the e-mail are already indexed and abstracted in
TRIS. Currently, there about 450 TRIS records that have Climate Change or
Global Warming as index terms. I would hope resources would not wasted by
creating new meta-data for these. From brief interactions – the goal
of the clearinghouse was to link to sources already available but I really need
some more clarification. I will let you when I learn more about the scope
and design of the clearinghouse as being developed by the NCHRP project.
Manager, Information Services
Transportation Research Board
Phone: (202) 334-2990
etkn-forum-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:etkn-forum-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Boteler, Jennifer
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008
To: Eastern Transportation Knowledge
Cc: Wilson, Amanda <RITA>
Subject: Re: [etkn-forum] FW:
Climate Change Project info
you for forwarding this information from Amanda.
realize you are only the messenger, but I am still quite unclear about the
purpose, audience, and scope of the Climate Change Project. I'm copying Amanda
this email so maybe she or someone from the AASHTO RAC Task Force on TKNs can
provide some clarification.
they only interested in climate change information that relates to
transportation (extreme weather effects on infrastructure, improved public
transportation, fuel efficiency, reduced CO2 emissions) or all climate change
related information (which would be a massive undertaking)?
uses the word “clearinghouse.” What exactly does that mean? Will
NTL be creating a separate collection/database of climate change documents
similar to the NTL Digital Repository? Or will it be a web-based annotated
bibliography of climate change related publications? If so, how will it be
arranged? By format (journal articles, reports, websites) or by publisher or by
state or by subject (which would affect how information would be collected and
you say that the information would be featured at this site… http://climate.dot.gov/ do
you know where it will be featured-- under categories already listed in the
left-hand frame or will there a new category? If so, what is the category?
Amanda says, “The TKNs would address
things from their organizations/states that don't already appear or are
included in some resource in the following list.” Already
appear where? Has someone already done a comprehensive literature search or web
search to identify climate change publications that we need to check against
our state specific resources?
what about overlap? If someone has already searched for resources from federal
agencies and found publications published by them but in
collaboration/cooperation with a state agency or organization, we’ll have
multiple people searching for and finding the same information. What is the
search process the task force envisions us taking? Will we all be searching the
same resources? If so, that’s a duplication of effort we can ill afford.
of which, I’m wondering if this project isn’t already a duplication
of effort. I did a quick Google search for climate change or global warming and
found tons of websites devoted to this topic, including those of organizations
listed in Amanda’s email. If the organizations have already compiled web
pages devoted to climate change, what are we looking to do differently?
Climate Analysis Branch
Global Climate Change
California - portal
Links to government websites
Pew Center on Global Climate
of Concerned Scientists
Ark - portal
are there plans to include resources from Naysayers, such as http://www.globalwarming.org/ ?
etkn-forum-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:etkn-forum-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Winter, Kenneth A.
Monday, September 29, 2008 2:06 PM
[etkn-forum] FW: Climate Change Project info
last Thursday's conference call we discussed the request by the AASHTO RAC Task
Force on TKNs for our help (on a state by state basis) to find information on
climate change and funnel it to the National Transportation library.
that information would be featured at this site, which is scheduled to be
unveiled in January 2008: http://climate.dot.gov/
we last spoke, we discussed what we can do on a "volunteer" basis,
and especially the fact that the scope of the project and the extent of the
information needed was perhaps not as clear as it needed to be.
Wilson, director of the NTL, just sent me this, which starts to clarify the
question to you: Is this something you care to work on between now and January
feel free to respond to me on this listserv or off list.
can relay your responses (not identities) to the appropriate parties for
may not understand the full nature of what they are asking, but this gives you
some insight into their thinking.
am not advocating any specific course of action, but want to rely the request
on to you as individual libraries for response.
see message below. Kathy Szolomayer and John Cherney are chairs of the
WTKN and MTKN, respectively.
of Library and Information Services VDOT Research Library 530 Edgemont Road,
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 293-1959 FAX: (434) 293-4196
Monday, September 29, 2008 11:29 AM
Winter, Kenneth A.; john.cherney@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Marie.Manthe@xxxxxxxxx
Climate Change Project info
Ken, John, Marie,
sent this information to Kathy in response to an email. I wanted to forward on
to you. This is some more detailed information about the climate change
clearinghouse that NTL will be maintaining and will go live in January 2008.
Wilson, Amanda <RITA>
Mon 29-Sep-08 11:26
RE: ETKN Response to Climate Change Project
type of information we're looking for for each resource (if available and
applicable) is as follows:
Date (format: yyyy-mm-dd)
(in KB or MB)
(pdf or html)
(report, website, article, etc.)
clearinghouse is being developed as part of an NCHRP project that is run out of
FHWA. Their timing to go live is TRB. So, I don't thing there will be anything
up for public view (or private as far as I know) by mid-Oct. NTL will begin
maintaining once it's gone live. Also, the scope of the clearinghouse listed below.
The TKNs would address things from their organizations/states that don't
already appear or are included in some resource in the following list.
of Clearinghouse for USDOT:
all peer reviewed journals
Transportation Research under Elsevier (A-F)
University Transportation Centers
Journal of American Planning Association
Foreign Governments subject to review
Foreign transport providers subject to review
Center for Clean Air Policy
Resources for the Future
Union of Concerned Scientists
American Trucking Association
Air Transport Association
Urban Land Institute
Smart Growth America
National Center for Smart Growth
Lincoln Institute for Land Use
World Resources Institute
Natural Resources Defense Council
American Petroleum Institute
American Association of Railroads
American road and transportation builders association
Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences
American Planning Assoc
Media Outlets (such as but not limited to)
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
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