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A report produced by Georgia Institute of Technology faculty for the Southeast Transportation Consortium (STC) and the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC).

The overall objective of this project is to synthesize the best practices for determining the value
of research results in order to demonstrate the impact that the research has on transportation
system features, such as safety, quality, and cost effectiveness. This synthesis presents a critical
review of methods used for determining the value of transportation research. Furthermore, it is
intended to identify various measures and data sources used for determining the value of

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SLA Sci-Tech Division:  From Literature Searching to Literature Analysis:  How to Create Insight with Search Results - WEBINAR

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Go beyond literature searching by providing your customers with analysis.  Deborah Keller offers four ways to analyze database search results to give added value to the information.  She suggests research questions that can be asked and answered, and recommends new  information products—written reports, graphs, and visualizations--that information professionals can develop with standard or free software and offer to customers.  Increase your analytical skills and boost your value within your organization by looking at and presenting the information that you already have in new ways.  This webinar will give you the tools to begin using these techniques yourself.

About the presenter:  Deborah Keller is the principal of Keller & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in training on knowledge management and leadership skills among information professionals. She has spent more than 10 years as a research librarian and knowledge manager for the U.S. federal government, continuing to hone the skills that she teaches others.  Deborah received her A.B. from Mount Holyoke College, studying Chemistry and History.  She holds an M.L.I.S. from Rosary College and an M.A. in History from Pennsylvania State University.  Her professional interests include taxonomies and metadata, knowledge management, and the development of leadership skills among information professionals.  She believes in continuous learning and encourages non-traditional roles for librarians.

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is nearing the end of its 90-day review of big data and privacy....But one topic has received comparatively little attention: the role of federal policies to support data literacy.

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Engineers Searched Online for Equations

Engineers conduct more searches for equations online, but they are dissatisfied with the results, a 2013 survey conducted on behalf of Knovel found. A majority of engineers surveyed look for equations at least once a week, and increasingly they search via the Internet first, rather than references, handbooks and other sources. Use of Internet search tools has grown significantly, from 59 percent of engineers surveyed in 2010 to 78 percent of engineers surveyed in 2013. Yet, engineers do not easily find the specific equations they need for a variety of engineer tasks online. There is also low satisfaction with the process of documenting, validating and saving equations for future use. - See more at:

14th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP2014)

TRB, ASCE, World Bank, and the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) are co-sponsoring the 14th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP2014, click the link to the conference website for information and paper submission) on July 4-7, 2014, in Changsha, China.  A post-conference workshop will also be held in either Beijing or Shanghai, China. The CICTP conference is the most influential gathering of transportation professionals in China, and regularly draws more than 1,000 attendees including hundreds of international experts. The CICTP2014 is designed to address critical issues and challenges emerging from the development of safe, smart and sustainable multimodal transportation systems. The conference will provide a platform for exchanging and sharing of the international experiences in developing and applying innovative solutions and advanced technologies in transportation. 

In addition to regular technical sessions, several plenary sessions are planned for internationally prestigious experts and scholars to discuss the state-of-the-art/practice transportation development.  Other special forums will be focused on issues that are of great interest to the audience of various backgrounds, including the World Bank Transportation Development Forum, Deans’ Forum for Chinese University Transportation Schools, and COTA Professional Development Forum for Young Scholars and Students, TRB Committee Chairs’ Forum, Industry Forum, and Technology Exhibit.

You may visit the conference website for more information ( More information about COTA can be found at If you plan to present at the conference with or without a paper, please contact Dr. Yafeng Yin ( and Dr. Jianming Ma ( directly.


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