WTPP Archives 2014: Work in Progress

usa - texas printing pressThe goal of this supplementary WTPP website in process  is to create a comprehensive, easy-to-use free 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 one-click connections to a certain number of supporting projects and media, which you can see on the left hand column here.

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World Transport Policy & Practice – Vol. 20, No. 2

This is a special issue of WTPP to celebrate the life and work of our friend, colleague and inspiration, Paul Mees. Paul died at the far too early age of 52 in June 2013. He was a fierce and highly articulate advocate of the public interest. His contributions ranged over traditional academic activities including teaching, paul mees -smallerresearching and publishing but went much wider and embraced campaigning, media activity and an ability to engage with senior public figures in a way that could not be ignored and in a way that exposed the utter wrong-headedness of much Australian and State of Victoria transport policy and spending. He is greatly missed.

This special issue once again reiterates our commitment to sustainable transport, which embraces the urgent need to cut global emissions, reduce the amount of new infrastructure of all kinds, and to highlight the importance of future generations, the poor, those who live in degraded environments and those deprived of human rights by planning systems that put a higher importance on financial objectives for the few, than on the environment and social justice for all..

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Key Links & Sources (Draft)

brain-waves The following represents a preliminary listing of key links and sources which in our view will constitute useful reference materials and background for our readers on the matters that concern us here. This listing will be extended and refined on a regular basis. The titles in each case are directly linked to the indicated titles.

Please let us know if there are other sources that you think should be added here. (Eventually we may loop them on into a combined search engine. But first let’s develop our source list.)

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

24May 2014: 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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World Transport — and how we read in 2014

The goal of this collaborative project  is to prepare 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 exercise 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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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.

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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