Work Package 1

This work package will identify all existing transport research databases in the EU, US, Australia and Japan and provide a comprehensive review to assess their structure, content, update frequency and accessibility. The list of countries considered will not be confined to aforementioned ones but will include countries of high interest such as the Russian Federation China, etc. WP1 will also allow HERMES to identify the major players and centres of excellence in transport research (Universities, Research Institutions, Government Agencies, NPOs and private industry).

Task 1.1 – Review of transport research databases

Compilation of available research databases within the EU, US, Australia and Japan. This will include search for any databases within nation states in Europe (held by Transport ministries, Research Institutions etc) that do not presently inform TRKC or other EU databases. This task will also collate similar information from other countries, such as Canada, Russian Federation and China. The main aim of this task is to provide the consortium with the most comprehensive and up to date list of transport research databases worldwide. Although this task will commence with a search in the EU plus the three aforementioned countries similar information will be collate from other countries of high interest, the list of which will be compiled in consultations with the European Commission. The aim is to compile a document containing the most up to date list of transport research databases worldwide. 

Task 1.2 – Accessibility

The aim of this task is to benchmark the current state of global information exchange on transport related research, through consultations with database managers. The task will also aim to identify the frequency by which cross continent access to the various databases is taking place.

This task will also address the issue of restricted access to some databases between within the EU as well as between the EU, US, Australia and Japan, to identify the causes for limited information exchange (legislative, cultural, commercial interest / patented ideas, language etc.) Consultations with database managers and key stake holders will be set up to establish methodologies/strategies to circumvent any identified obstacles. This initially will be in the form of written and oral communications and once all relevant information has been gathered a database managers meeting/workshop will be organised to draw up a road map for eliminating those identified barriers. This will include provisions or safeguards to protect sensitive commercial information or interests and therefore will assist in developing the harmonisation of database structures.

Task 1.3 – Analysis 

This task will carry out a detailed analysis of the information available in the identified databases, the structure of their content, the frequency of information update and the architecture of the search engines.

An analysis of research themes will also be carried out on past and present funded research, to allow HERMES to identify commonalities in research themes between regions but also assess each region’s needs and priorities (cultural, socioeconomic, etc).

This task will also identify from the different regions (EU, US, Australia and Japan) case studies of past research projects, (3 or 4 projects from each transport mode) that address similar topics that will be used for assessment and comparison in WP4.

Each of the partners of HERMES representing their respective transport mode will undertake the selection of appropriate projects for analysis and comparison. The aim of this undertaking is to assess the potential for collaborative research projects being set up. The assessment and analysis will be carried out by WP4.