Survey of Transportation Information Landscape and Use Behaviors
Welcome to the Survey of the Transportation Information Landscape and Use Behaviors. Transportation is an important economic sector, a professional area of practice and a robust academic discipline. The knowledge and information that is produced and consumed in transportation comes from research, from development, teaching and learning, and everyday practice. Transportation is also a multifaceted discipline – drawing from engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science, computer science, finance, policy development, project management, etc. Transportation has legislative, regulatory and policy implications at the international, national, state and local level. The transportation information environment is complex, reflecting these facets, levels and perspectives. Managing, finding, accessing and preserving transportation information is a challenge. This research explores the full landscape of transportation information, including informal primary, primary, secondary and tertiary information. This research leverages a methodology developed for the Library of Congress to produce a richly populated topology of knowledge and information produced and consumed in the transport discipline. The topology provides a comprehensive framework that can be used by knowledge and information managers working in transport for strategic planning, and for the development of tools to support multifaceted access to knowledge and information in the field.
Kent State has created a survey to assess the current landscape of the Transportation Sector. The research is grounded on work completed by Carroll Bedford and Jones (1991) for the Library of Congress. See the attached pdf file for the full report. . The initial information topology is being presented at the 2013 European Conference for Knowledge Management (Kaunas Lithuania, September 4-6, 2013). We welcome and encourage your participation in this survey. The survey results will help us by validating or suggesting changes to the topology. The topology will serve as a primary collection and access management guide for information management professionals supporting the transportation sector.
Before taking part in this study, please read the consent form below and click on the survey link at the bottom of the page if you understand the statements and freely consent to participate in the study.
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This study involves a web-based survey. The study is being conducted by Dr. Denise Bedford, the Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University. It has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board. No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life).
Participation in the study is entirely voluntary, and you may discontinue your participation at any point in the survey. The survey typically takes 30 minutes and is strictly anonymous. Participation is limited to responding to the survey. The survey may be completed entirely online. All responses are treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in aggregate form only. Participants should be aware, however, that the experiment is not being run from a "secure" https server of the kind typically used to handle credit card transactions, so there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties (e.g., computer hackers).
If participants have further questions about this study or their rights, or if they wish to lodge a complaint or concern, they may contact the principal investigator, Professor Denise Bedford at (301) 787-5257; or the Kent State University Institutional Review Board at (330) 672-2704.
If you are 18 years of age or older, understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study, click on the survey link below to begin the survey.
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