Few things are more frustrating in this needful world than to see useful ideas and hard work ending up anonymously cloistered on some distant dusty shelf, real or virtual, and not be accessible to people and groups who could put them to good work, especially at a time of crisis as that we are living through right now. This was one of the challenges we faced at World Streets from the very beginning. How to keep all these good ideas and useful tools alive and available beyond the day on which they were first published and made known to the world.
Flash: 3 April 2018. This entry is incomplete as it stands. It is in the process of being updated in the context of our revised and expanded cycle of New Mobility Master Classes. Check it out at https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/master-classes/.
World Streets is thus more than a collaborative blog with a very specific focus; it also offers an extensive site and collection of working materials, references and tools in support of our collective push to more sustainable cities. At this point several thousand articles, tools, images, and other media have been assembled in the family of World Streets sustainability toolkits.
However if World Streets is to be useful as an open library and toolset, we need to be able to offer ways to sort through all this digital chaos, so that our readers can have a chance to find the kind of information or support they are looking for. A kind of Dewey Decimal Code for the 21st century. Fortunately, in combination with WordPress and Google we are able to offer you a very good collection of useful search tools:
These search engines are clustered on the right menu on all pages and ready to go to work for you at a single click.
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1. Search World Streets by keywords
This is the standard WordPress key words search engine. Does a fair job of finding materials published in these pages, using the usual Boolean search conventions. But if you need to dig deeper or otherwise have a look at the following . . .
2. Search by Category
Straight forward. Performs as indicated with a drop-down menu.
3. Search Archives by Month/Year
4. Search the New Mobility Agenda / World Wide
This is a brilliant combined search tool, based on a modified Google Combined Search Engine. It points not only to the pages of the main World Streets site, but also scans the content of our most important associated programs (Nuova Mobilità, Streets of India, Worst Practices Department, Thinking about China, etc. as well as the most important LinkedIn and Facebook Group sites). And in addition it scans a total of more than 800 related programs and groups world wide.
If you click this image in the right column you will be taken to a tailored Google search line which will then query the entire World Streets World-Wide database (which presently trolls for references in 802 carefully selected international sources).
5. World Streets Calendar Search
Calls up all articles that appeared on a given day since the first issue of World Streets was published in 2008.
6+ Google Mega Searches:
Useful Mega Searches: Interesting. From top to bottom:
- The standard World Streets Google Combined Search Engine
- World Transport: Takes you to a Google Search of the entire publication base of the Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice since Vol. 1, No. 1 appeared in 1995.
- New Mobility Agenda: Searches the vast hinterland of publications, reports, and media under the New Mobility Agenda program since its founding in 1988.
- TRID is an integrated database that combines the records from TRB’s Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD’s Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database. TRID provides access to more than one million records of transportation research worldwide
- * ELTIS: European Local Transport Information Service (information system): The ELTIS database incorporates an ever-growing number of transport case studies, concepts and documentation and bibliographical references that user can look up by using her/his own pre-selected specifications. Wide range of topics is covered, but the main emphasis lies around practical approaches.
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That’s it. If you are a student, teacher, researcher, activist, reporter, or a curious citizen wishing to know more about sustainable transport, sustainable cities, and sustainable lives, welcome to World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda.
And if you have any suggestions as to how to do better, pleased to not hesitate to get in touch. A very useful step would be for you to share with us your short list of, say, the five to ten sources which you yourself find to be particularly useful in your searches for ideas and sources. We can then cross-check hem with the 800+ sources already covered by our world wide search, and in this way make it just that much more useful.
About the editor:
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Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at https://goo.gl/9CJXTh and @ericbritton