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Re: [etkn-forum] FW: Climate Change Project info

To: <Jennifer.Boteler@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, <etkn-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Marie.Manthe@xxxxxxxxx, SzolomK@xxxxxxxxxxxx, john.cherney@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From: <Amanda.Wilson@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 15:28:26 -0400
Message-id: <5D1123DA188B0D4794FC4CEC227EF04223FBB4@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Dear Jennifer,     (01)

I will answer the questions I can:    (02)

The USDOT Climate Change Clearinghouse is only interested in climate change as 
it relates to transportation. There is an NCHRP project that is creating a 
separate clearinghouse of climate change information housed on the USDOT's 
climate change site, There will be a separate section of the 
site called "clearinghouse."    (03)

The clearinghouse is envisioned as a reference point for climate change 
information related to transportation. Links to full text will be included if 
the item is available freely on the web, but otherwise, bibliographic 
information will be provided. NTL will be hosting the clearinghouse database. 
Content is monitored by the USDOT Climate Change Committee. Items TKN members 
submit will be reviewed by the committee.    (04)

In the latest iteration of the clearinghouse that I've seen, content has been 
arranged by format (the items Jennifer listed, as well as policy and other 
legislative actions).    (05)

As part of the NCHRP project, an initial literature search of existing 
resources will be conducted to populate the clearinghouse. I think the date 
range is 2002-2008.    (06)

When I say, The TKNs would address things from their organizations/states that 
don't already appear or are included in some resource in the following list." I 
meant that if a clearinghouse item is in one of the resources I listed at the 
bottom of the previous page and is within the date range above, it's already 
covered and will be covered into the future as part of our maintenance. 
Therefore, there's one way to avoid duplication of effort.    (07)

Regarding the Task Force, a climate change portal was suggested as a project 
for TKNs. To avoid duplication of effort, the decision was made to piggy-back 
on the existing USDOT effort. Your questions about scope and expectations are 
good ones for the TKN Task Force.    (08)

Regarding whether the entire project is a duplication of effort: the wheel is 
already in motion for USDOT and NTL has been tasked with maintaining the 
clearinghouse.     (09)

Hope this helps, 
Amanda    (010)

________________________________    (011)

From: Boteler, Jennifer [mailto:Jennifer.Boteler@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tue 30-Sep-08 14:55
To: Eastern Transportation Knowledge Network
Cc: Wilson, Amanda <RITA>
Subject: RE: [etkn-forum] FW: Climate Change Project info    (012)

Ken,     (013)

Thank you for forwarding this information from Amanda.     (014)

I 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.     (015)

Are 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)?    (016)

Amanda 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 reported)?    (017)

When you say that the information would be featured at this site... <>   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?    (018)

When 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?    (019)

And 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.    (020)

Speaking 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?    (021)

Federal - portal 
<>      (022)

EPA <>      (023)

NOAA Climate Analysis Branch <>      (024)

USDA Global Climate Change 
<>      (025)

California - portal 
<>      (026)

UN <>      (027)

<>      (028)

IPCC Links to government websites <>      (029)

NGO/think tank/industry 
<>      (030)

Pew Center on Global Climate Change <>      (031)

Union of Concerned Scientists <>      (032)

Sierra Club <>      (033)

Environmental Defense Fund <>      (034)

Climate Ark - portal <>      (035)

Also, are there plans to include resources from Naysayers, such as <>  ?     (036)

--Jennifer     (037)

-----Original Message----- 
From: etkn-forum-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
<mailto:etkn-forum-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> ] On Behalf Of Winter, Kenneth A. 
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2008 2:06 PM 
To: etkn-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [etkn-forum] FW: Climate Change Project info     (038)

Dear ETKN Members-     (039)

At 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.    (040)

Ultimately, that information would be featured at this site, which is scheduled 
to be unveiled in January 2008: 
<>     (041)

When 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.    (042)

Amanda Wilson, director of the NTL, just sent me this, which starts to clarify 
the information need.     (043)

My question to you: Is this something you care to work on between now and 
January 2009?     (044)

Please feel free to respond to me on this listserv or off list.     (045)

I can relay your responses (not identities) to the appropriate parties for 
feedback.     (046)

They may not understand the full nature of what they are asking, but this gives 
you some insight into their thinking.     (047)

I am not advocating any specific course of action, but want to rely the request 
on to you as individual libraries for response.     (048)

Please see message below.  Kathy Szolomayer and John Cherney are chairs of the 
WTKN and MTKN, respectively.     (049)

Ken Winter, MLIS 
Director of Library and Information Services VDOT Research Library 530 Edgemont 
Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903 
Ph: (434) 293-1959 FAX: (434) 293-4196 
Email: Ken.Winter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Intranet: http://rclibrary <http://rclibrary/>      (050)

-----Original Message----- 
From: Amanda.Wilson@xxxxxxx [mailto:Amanda.Wilson@xxxxxxx 
<mailto:Amanda.Wilson@xxxxxxx> ] 
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2008 11:29 AM 
To: Winter, Kenneth A.; john.cherney@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Marie.Manthe@xxxxxxxxx 
Cc: SzolomK@xxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: Climate Change Project info     (051)

Dear Ken, John, Marie,     (052)

I just 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.    (053)

Amanda     (054)

________________________________     (055)

From: Wilson, Amanda <RITA> 
Sent: Mon 29-Sep-08 11:26 
To: Szolomayer, Kathy 
Subject: RE: ETKN Response to Climate Change Project     (056)

Dear Kathy,     (057)

The type of information we're looking for for each resource (if available and 
applicable) is as follows:     (058)

Title     (059)

Author (R)     (060)

Publication Date (format: yyyy-mm-dd)     (061)

Report Number     (062)

Size (in KB or MB)     (063)

Format (pdf or html)     (064)

Abstract     (065)

Category (report, website, article, etc.)     (066)

URL     (067)

This 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.    (068)

Amanda     (069)

Scope of Clearinghouse for USDOT:     (070)

Journals & publications     (071)

Include all peer reviewed journals     (072)

*       Transport Policy 
*       Transportation Research under Elsevier (A-F) 
*       TRB     (073)

        *       TCRP 
        *       NCHRP 
        *       TR News     (074)

*       TRIS database 
*       Science 
*       University Transportation Centers 
*       Journal of American Planning Association 
*       Climate Change 
*       ENO     (075)

6-9356-D423E738E597&e=msurface@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>     (076)

Government     (077)

*       DOT publications 
*       EPA 
*       UN     (078)

        *       IPCC 
        *       ICAO 
        *       IMO     (079)

*       DOE 
*       USDA 
*       NSF 
*       NOAA 
*       CCSP 
*       CCTP 
*       European Commission 
*       Canada     (080)

        *       NRCAN 
        *       Environment Canada 
        *       Transport Canada     (081)

*       Foreign Governments subject to review 
*       Foreign transport providers subject to review 
*       JITI 
*       OECD 
*       PIARC     (082)

NGO/think tank/industry     (083)

*        AASHTO     (084)

*        APTA     (085)

*        Environmental Defense     (086)

*        PEW     (087)

*        Center for Clean Air Policy     (088)

*        Resources for the Future     (089)

*        UIC     (090)

*        Union of Concerned Scientists     (091)

*        American Trucking Association     (092)

*        Air Transport Association     (093)

*        Brookings Institution     (094)

*        Urban Institute     (095)

*        Urban Land Institute     (096)

*        Smart Growth America     (097)

*        National Center for Smart Growth     (098)

*        Reconnecting America     (099)

*        Lincoln Institute for Land Use     (0100)

*        World Resources Institute     (0101)

*        UITP     (0102)

*        Natural Resources Defense Council     (0103)

*        American Petroleum Institute     (0104)

*        Cato Institute     (0105)

*        American Association of Railroads     (0106)

*        EDTA     (0107)

*        Edison Electric     (0108)

*        EPRI     (0109)

*        American road and transportation builders association     (0110)

*        Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences     (0111)

*        AMPO     (0112)

*        American Planning Assoc     (0113)

Major Media Outlets (such as but not limited to)     (0114)

*        New York Times     (0115)

*        Washington Post     (0116)

*        Wall Street Journal     (0117)

*        Economist     (0118)

*        Time     (0119)

*        Newsweek     (0120)

*        US News     (0121)

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