1ITRD Update / GTRIC Meeting Toronto Colin HowardHead of TRL Library & Information Centre and Chairman of ITRD Operational Committee5th June 2005Thank you for this opportunity to tell you something about recent developments in ITRD.
2International Transport Research Documentation Background & contentHow it worksAccessing the databaseI will give you a brief insight into what TRL does and the role of the Library & Information Centre – and sandwiched in between I’ll talk a little about how ITRD works.
3International Transport Research Documentation ITRD Co-operative World-wide database of published Information on Transport and Transport ResearchPermanent activity of the joint OECD/ECMT Transport Research CentreCreated in 1972430,000 bibliographical references on Transport Research literature and on-going research
4ITRD-- How does it work?Since 2003, administered by TRL (UK) on behalf of the OECD27 members from respected research organisations in 19 countries world-wide provide abstracts each monthIn one of 4 working languages through the appropriate Co-ordinating CentreEnglish : TRLGerman : BAStSpanish : CEDEXFrench: INRETSMajority of input (70%) is in English
5ITRD MembersAustralia (ARRB)Austria (KfV)Belgium (ISBR, CRR)Brazil (IPR)Canada (TAC/ACT)China (Min. of Comm.)Czech Republic (CDV)Denmark (Danish Rd Inst.)Finland (Finnra)France: (LCPC, INRETS, SETRA)Germany (BASt, FGSV)Hungary (KTI)Japan (NILIM, CERI)Mexico (IMT)Netherlands (SVOW)Norway (Public Rd Adm.)Saudi Arabia (Min. of Comm.)Spain (CEDEX)Sweden (VTI)Switzerland (EPFL)UK (TRL)USA (TRB)Details of all of these organisations can be found and linked to from the ITRD website
6ITRD: Subject Coverage Accident studiesConstruction of pavements, bridges, and tunnelsDesign of roads and related structuresDrainage of soilsEarthworksEnvironmentHighway financing and administrationMaterials & MaintenanceRoad Safety, accidentsSoils and rock mechanicsTraffic & TransportVehiclesFrom various sources:Journals (>500 journals covered) Series Books Conference contributions Company publicationsDissertations Patents Reports Standards and Specifications Non-conventional literature
7Monthly input from Members Member organisations scan and abstract publications choosing language of inputLanguageCoordinatingCentresFrench(INRETS)English(TRL)German(BASt)Spanish(Cedex)Monthly quadrilingual ITRD fileEach member should scan and abstract publications originating in their own organisation and country. They can choose which of the 4 languages to input in and submit it monthly to the appropriate Co-ordinating Centre.TRL then merges each of the 4 files and forwards the quadrilingual file to the ITRD website from where members can download it for in-house databases. Copies are also sent to the online hosts STN & OvidFile distributed back to members+ On-line host (STN)+ Transport Database CD-ROM/On-line (Ovid)
8ITRD input in 4 languages As you might expect >75% is English, though significant portion in German (many of which also have English abstracts)
9Quadrilingual thesaurus links terms through numeric code Each term has an equivalent term in the other 3 languages linked by a numeric code......American English – fifth language!
11The ITRD website provides a lot more detail about subject coverage, how it works, who the members are and how to access the database.
12Accessing the database There are links from the Access page to both STN and Ovid
13STN on the webSTN provides a choice of interface – the classical on-line “on the web” in which experienced on-line searchers can indulge themselves with all the usual Boolean trickery. It is a very sophisticated search engine which allows you to expand around terms – particularly useful in ITRD to see the associated controlled terms in other languages (or even the occasional typing errors).The process shown here starts with a free text search and shows how the controlled terms can be identified. In STN the controlled terms (ITRD keywords) have the English version added automatically.
14STN on the web You can see the list of titles retrieved here. STN is a pay as you go system apart from small upfront costs of EUR32.- for opening an STN account (one-time fee per loginid) and an annual fee of EUR32.- per loginid.Then the cost for the first 2 searches (marked L1 and L2) including selecting CTs and displaying the 26 titles the cost is about EUR2.20. Any additional full displayed record would cost (incl. connect time) about EUR2.15 per record.
15STN on the webHere you can see the full record displayed and if you wish can see the controlled terms.
16STN on the webThe Expand command here allows you to see the various different terms that share the same term code.
17STN on the webThis search is looking for the effects of traffic calming on safety and is concentrating on anything published between
18STN on the webThis records originated in from the Swedish centre VTI and you can see the original is available from either VTI or TRL.
19STNEasyThe other more modern looking interface is STN Easy – easier for the non-information professional and also cheaper!The search costs EUR2.- and the full record display EUR2.75. No connect time fee or other fees. Opening an STN Easy only account is free, the annual fee is EUR32.
22Ovid “TRANSPORT” search The other publicly available platform for ITRD is as part of the Transport database – together with TRIS.Transport is available either on CD-ROM or online via the Ovid website.In either case by an upfront annual subscription.The cost can vary depending whether you are a developing country or how much of the database you want to subscribe to, but typically from about 1000$ pa.Here a similar search to the STN one showing how you can find the CTs and codes thus expanding to include all languages.