Editorial: World Transport Archives– and how we read in 2013

The goal of this collaborative project  is to eb-cafe-lighterprepare and publish in easily readable form the content of all of the editions of the Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice  that have appeared since its founding in 1995, and which until now have been available only in hard-to-reach print or more recently PDF form.

The thesis behind this excercise is that all too often valuable information and insights that appear in book or journal from tend over time to disappear from the scene, as much as anything because they are bound between the covers of the publication. Now in many instances this may be a blessing, but there are others in which it can be a real loss. And in this particular case it is my personal position that in the case of the quality of insights contained within the seventy volumes that have been published over the last eighteen years, many of the articles are worth a second or more read. Hence this Archives project.

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Working draft: WTPP. Volume 6, Number 1, 2000

7 March 2013: Here you have an example of a roughly 80% ready to go article for publication which still needs work with layout and graphics in order to provide a clean copy for the first of the e-journal versions of WTPP that came out back in early 2000.  The production process to bring it to this (a) starts with the original (unsearchable) PDF, (b) which we then convert to the present still imperfect text version (which in this case required about an hour of work to bring it to this stage). Next in a final preparatory stage, we will bring in graphics and clean up the formatting. Then we will be able to post in fully searchable, nicely readable final. If you have any thoughts or hints for us on this routine, please do get in touch.

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John Whitelegg on Planetary Boundaries: Vol. 19 No.1 Editorial

Planetary Boundaries

This is an unusual editorial.  It is entirely concerned with one book published in 2012 called “The Human Quest

To say this book is important is an understatement.  It is hugely important because it shows that the current trajectory of the human species on this planet is on automatic pilot with the self-destruct option initiated.   This may sound rather dramatic but the book is based on a very traditional scientific analysis and a strong evidence based logic rooted in the best scientific tradition and especially Swedish scientific traditions.  It is a solid, objective, scientific analysis.

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What are the World Transport Archives and how do they work?

Dear Readers,

work in progressWe have been hard at it supporting and contributing to the Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice under the leadership of John Whitelegg since 1995. We are now in the 19th year of publication with seventy editions already in circulation, offering close to three hundred original articles by contributors from every continent on the planet. An extremely valuable and unique resource.

But a book or journal is not only a valuable source of information, but to an extent it also works as a kind of prison. This may not be immediately self-evident. But if you look closely you will see that once something gets published and a few years pass, the individual articles tend, no matter how brilliant and insightful, all too often to get lost in the rush of time.  And particularly of course if we are talking about a collection. And that is what this project is all about. (And if you think “Free Willy” you actually do have a point.)

The WTPP Archives are intended to serve anyone who may have missed these articles the first time around, and in particular younger researchers, academics, activists and people working with transportation/environment/cities groups and agencies in cities and countries on all continents.  At the same time this site and its several social media extensions provides an opportunity for comment and discussion.

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World Transport Policy & Practice – Vol. 19, No. 1

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In this issue of WTPP we once again fo­cus on intelligent solutions to future trans­port that have the potential to shift us into a way of thinking and doing that avoids transgressing planetary boundaries. To­mas Björnsson draws attention to the ur­gent need for improved cycling facilities in southern Sweden that cost a small frac­tion of what is spent on highways. Martin Schiefelbusch shows how rural transport problems can be solved by community transport initiatives. Stephen Knight-Lenihan reveals the extent to which de­sirable sustainability objectives can be undermined by a lack of will at national level. His account of the situation in New Zealand will resonate strongly with the situation in many other countries. The ar­ticle by Serena Kang describes a “flexible bus utility model” that has the potential to more closely match the supply of bus services with the demand for those serv­ices and thereby increase levels of use of public transport.

- – – > To obtain your copy of WTPP 19/1 click here.

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WTPP Author/Article/Year Index

4 Nov. 2012: Still work in progress.

Pros: Authors, article titles are now entered into searchable content of the site.

Cons: At present takes reader only to the indicated volume number, and not direct to article. In time it is the intention that the volume contents will be disaggregated so that each article is directly accessible. Also from 2005 on has still to be completed. Also several links are still missing and need to be added.

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Author/Article/Volume Index: 1995-2005

Here you have the latest WTPP Author Index from the current Eco-Logica site.  We are adding it here with the intent of completing and updating it, and possibly putting it into more flexible form for referencing.  Already it brings with it the advantage of being fully searchable, so it is definitely a step in the right direction:

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WTPP Spring 2001. Vol. 7, No. 2. (Work in progress. For comment. )

Here you have a raw working copy which shows what we get when we run the PDF version of this edition  through the Nuance PDF convertor, and from there transfer the text in untouched raw form to these Archives. Let’s have a look and see what we can learn from this.

Pros: Quickly done, full text, reasonbly well laid out and in fully searchable form.

Cons: No graphics and some ugliness that needs reformatting. (But readers wishing the grahpics can always call up the PDF version available in the Eco-Logica site at http://www.eco-logica.co.uk/pdf/wtpp07.2.pdf ) Continue reading

Quick Translate articles and site

Fast-translate into your language.

To make the contents of WTPP more broadly accessible to friends and colleagues who work primarily in other language groups, we have linked the site to the increasingly well-performing Google machine translation engines that you will now find here. In each case all you have to do is click the language in which you wish to see the rough translation, and it will quickly appear on your monitor. Continue reading

The Archives: Background and Introduction

The goal of this supplementary website is to offer a comprehensive, easy to use archive offering ready access to the close to seventy editions of the Journal of World Transport Policy & Practice that have published under the leadership of Founding Editor John Whitelegg since 1995. We also offer here easy one click connections to a certain number of supporting projects and media, which you can see on the left hand column here.

The archives are intended to serve anyone who may have missed these articles the first time around, and in particular younger researchers, academics, activists and people working with transportation/environment/cities groups and agencies in cities and countries on all continents.  At the same time this site and its several social media extensions provides an opporunity for comment and discussion.  The Archives, like the Journal itself, are freely available and provided and supported by volunteers who believe in the power of Open Systems and collaborative problem-solving. Continue reading

Social Media Support and the World Transport Forum

It’s 2012 and for better or worse when one talks about international exchanges of information, documents, news and views related to our topic, we are obliged to deal with the Internet in general and the social media more particular.  When World Transport was born back in 1995 this was not yet an issue (or opportunity).  But that is very much the case now and we are obliged — in a world of imperfect information and unremitting work in progress on the tools — to make the best of the lot before us.

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