The LIST Committee is tasked with preparing a Triennial Strategic Plan (TSP) to TRB in which it critically evaluates its performance over the last three years and sets down plans for next 3-7 years. The TSP also provides an overview of the health, relevancy, and key issues facing the committee and the transportation information environment in its "Future Outlook Statement".

After reviewing the TSP, the LIST committee members agreed that the "Future Outlook Statement" by itself was an important document that needed to be shared with the community at large and urged the outgoing chair, Ken Winter, to publish it as a stand-alone document which you can read here: The Landscape for Transportation Information Professionals, 2012


Sad news

The UNC Highway Safety Research Center shared with the LIST Committee the sad news of the passing of a dear friend and long-time colleague Mary Ellen Tucker. Mary Ellen was an important part of the HSRC team for 19 years as well as being active in SLA and for the last few years an active member of the LIST Committee.   Her obituary can be found at

Today's TLR Presentation - DATA Resources

At today's TLR presentation - which was on data management and curation - a lively exchange of web resources was going on during the Q & A segment. Here are some of the comments and sites from participants: Amanda Wilson: Harnessing the Power of Digital Data for Science and Society report: Bob Sweet: See Purdue Libraries' data curation profiles toolkit. Andy: also see both California Digital Library and Purdue Library are members John Cherney: A few examples of data management plans: Amanda Wilson: Johns Hopkins is attempting something like that, Roberto: Rita Evans: From the California Digital Library (CDL) - The Biosciences Library at UC Berkeley put a page together on Data Depositories in the Life Science to help researchers comply with NSF requirements; something all of us could do??

Columbia Panelists Urge Vigorous Exercise of Fair Use

Library Journal article reporting on meeting held earlier this week to discuss copyright issues. Bottom line: we need to be more aggresive in labeling items as "fair use" when selecting materials for digitization. Read full article at

Google Working On Semantic Search

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market share.  


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