This section is intended to provide new readers with a sketch road-map to help them access and get the best out of the more than one thousand articles, media, and tools and references that you find here. There are six main keys to accessing the abundant resource and tool content of World Streets:
1. Top menu. By working your way across first left to right then top to bottom you will find what we hope is a lively and useful introduction to all of the work and content that goes into World Streets.
2. Left side menu – is a source of update information and references reporting on and reaching in to the content and recent happenings on World Streets. It will take only a few minutes to work your way down it when you come in., bearing in mind that it is automatically updated daily. This menu opens with short items listing the titles of the latest feature articles for the last two weeks. It follows with the latest letters to the editor (comments), and otherwise provides a compact introduction to the main contents of the site.
3. Right side menu – Opens with links to details for subscribing, supporting World Streets, and to the World Streets this Week archive. Just below are a set of search engines, which open up the contacts of this large site (more than one thousand articles and media). There are six of these engines, each a bit different to permit you to scan the full database n various ways.
- Key word search: At the top you will see a standard Search engine which works by the usual key words and scans the full content of the site.
- Search by topic: (designated key word categories) can be handy too.
- Monthly archives: You can search the monthly archives with a single click that calls up all the articles posted in that month. Each is described in a few lines, clickable to the full piece.
- Calendar: The calendar function allows the reader to check out the posting for any day since start-up on 2 March 2009
- Combined search engine scans the content of the more than two hundred sources to which World Streets is at present linked. You will see the full listing of these carefully selected programs and sources in the bottom left resource column.
- Google search. You can also search the full W/S archives with a focused Google search.
4. Bottom menus. In addition to listing what we regard as the most important programs and groups working in this area world-wide, at present more than two hundred in all, you will also find at the top left of that column a combined search engine which we have pointed to all these sources and which will permit you to scan their contents using the key words you wish to research or follow up on. You will also see the three-line summaries of the latest postings made to ten of our most relevent and most heavily used specialized collaborative fora (carsharing, Global South, city bikes, tax reform, etc.). And over bottom less a “category cloud” which will permit you to scan postings that occur under the updated key words. (This requires further work and fine tuning but already offers a handy tool.)
5. New Mobility Partnerships programs. These are many in number, involving hundreds of people committed to advancing the state of knowledge and insight in each of the indicated areas. You can already find quite a bit of useful reference on many of these programs in the Research section here (top menu).
6. Sister projects and sites. Details available also in the Resources section on the top menu here.