Gray Lit Discussion Points for Annual Meeting
- Produced on all levels of government, academia, business
- Publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body
- Difficult to identify and obtain through usual publishing channels
- Lack of bibliographic control
- Often not captured in databases and catalogs
Within transportation, grey literature encompasses, but is not limited to:
- Technical reports
- Project reports
- Working papers
- Technical notes
- Environmental impact statements
- Consultant reports
- Interim and draft reports
- Engineering documents
- Conference proceedings
Aspects of grey literature we may want to consider include:
Discussion points for LIST meeting:
- What types of literature pose biggest challenges?
- What are most important categories?
- What's most needed and most elusive?
- Where could LIST make an impact? What could we tackle short-term or long-term?
- Disseminate information such as Grey Guide Repository for good practices and Guidelines for the Production of Scientific and Technical Reports: How to Write and Distribute Grey Literature
- Encourage agencies to deposit their reports and other grey literature in repositories
- Produce list of recommended repositories
- Promote how such deposits are in agencies’ interests
- Develop guidelines of alternative means of discovering (find and access) grey literature, such as scanning bibliographies and contacting researchers.
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