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RKB: A Knowledge base to support research documentation, data, GIS, spatial data and communications for a major rail freight project.

Wigan, Marcus, Kukla, Robert, Benjamins, Michael and Grashoff, Poul (2007) RKB: A Knowledge base to support research documentation, data, GIS, spatial data and communications for a major rail freight project. In: Proceedings of the European Transport Conference 2007. PTRC, London.

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The paper places data and document access, use and exploration systems in the context of the Data Observatories movement, as well as the document repository systems now becoming mandated for universities. It will show how taking these developments in a positive and responsive manner can not only create tools that are of genuine value to researchers in distributing and communicating their work, but add materially to the speed and productivity during a project comprising the distributed research teams that are becoming the norm in transport projects and research.

Direct interactive access and exploration of the major European freight data bases was achieved in this project, and illustrations are included showing how this data
can be explored and used effectively of a geospatial as well as tabular and graphical way instead of just being made accessible as an anonymous download requiring
major effort to get into a form that can be understood and used effectively.

This work builds on previous studies of data gaps in transport (Wigan et al, 2003) where data discovery and the costs of securing copies and understanding how to get them running figured highly in consultations.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Data management; Research processes; Databases; Repositories; Interactive access; Research diaspora; Communication;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Transport Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 385 Railroad transportation
000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4450 Databases
Item ID: 2517
Depositing User: Dr. David A. Cumming
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2009 16:42
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 11:30
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2517

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