Station naming deals announced
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Škoda unveils its second tram for the Chinese market
Wabtec to buy Faiveley Transport for US$1·8bn
Constantine tram extension contract
Channel Tunnel: '2,000 migrants' tried to enter
Ottawa urban rail gets federal funding
UK and Italian operators order Vossloh locomotives
First Great Western and Eversholt sign Hitachi AT300 train contract
Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi invite interest in DIKKM railway
What peer-reviewed quality information, curated for the end-user by experienced professionals, is freely available these days? Where can I source free, open access information about rail and land transport, with a focus on Australasian material?
Sound too good to be true?
The Rail Knowledge Bank and the ARRB Knowledge Base are free, open access, full text searchable databases of rail and land transport information. No fee, subscription or registration is required.
ARRB Group’s M.G. Lay library maintains these databases as two initiatives under the National Interest Services (NIS) program, which funds the provision of land transport information services ‘in the national interest’.
Motivated by concerns of industry skill shortages and the need to support knowledge transfer from more experienced industry professionals, the Rail Knowledge Bank was originally established in 2010 by the CRC for Rail Innovation.
The CRC’s rail research baton was then passed to the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI). ACRI and an Advisory Group of industry professionals now guide the Knowledge Bank’s strategic direction.
The creation of the ARRB Knowledge Base followed several years later in 2014, as it was clear there was demand for digital, full text access to and sharing of ARRB publications, such as conference and journal papers, and reports.
It soon became apparent that, in addition to peer-reviewed journal papers and reports, the Rail Knowledge Bank could also provide a single location and ‘go to’ digital repository for major industry Australasian and international conference material, such as the Conference on Railway Excellence (CORE), AusRAIL and International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA).
Similarly, the ARRB Knowledge Base has since become a facility enabling access to other previously hard copy only collections, and filling gaps in other existing online repositories.
While the material contained in the Rail Knowledge Bank and ARRB Knowledge Base was already categorised within a technical taxonomy and architecture, this cannot replicate the search and retrieval functionality offered by full-text searchable databases.
The Databases 2018-19:
You can find more information on the following resources by clicking on the links.
Rail Knowledge Bank
ARRB Knowledge Base
National Interest Services
If you would like any further information about these databases, or other NIS initiatives such as free webinars, please contact Jill Aron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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