Friday, April 5, 2013

Searching World Streets - An open library and toolkit at your fingertips

magnifying glassWorld Streets is more than a collaborative blog with a very specific focus; it also offers an extensive site and collection of working materials, references and tools in support of our collective push to more sustainable cities.  At this point several thousand articles, tools,  images, and other media are assembled in the family of World Streets sustainability toolkit.

But if it is to be useful as an open library and toolset, we need to be able to offer ways to sort through all this digital chaos, so that you can have a chance to find the kind of information or support you are looking for. Fortunately, in combination with WordPress and Google we are able to offer you a collection of useful search tools, as follows:


Note: To access the search engine in each case, click directly from the appropriate link on the menu just to the right.



Search calender

Calendar SearchCalls up all articles that appeared on a given day.

Search - standard wp engine

Keywords Search: This is the standard WordPress key words search engine. Does a fair job of finding materials in these pages, using the usual Boolean search conventions.

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Google World Streets : This is an excellent search tool, based on a Google Combined Search Engine. It points not only to the pages of the main World Streets site, but also scans the content of our most important associated programs (Nuova Mobilità, Streets of India, Worst Practices Department, Thinking about China, etc. as well as the most important Facebook Group sites). If you click this image you will be taken to a simple Google search line which will then query the entire World Streets database.

Search by topic

Search by Topic: Straight forward. Performs as indicated with a drop-down menu.

Search by month-year

Search by Month/Year: Ditto.

search Google mega

Useful Mega Searches: Interesting. From top to bottom:


  1. The standard World Streets Google Combined Search Engine

  2. World Transport: Takes you to a Google Search of the entire publication base of the Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice since Vol. 1, No. 1 appeared in 1995.

  3. New Mobility Agenda: Searches the vast hinterland of publications, reports, and media under the New Mobility Agenda program since its founding in 1988.

  4. TRID is an integrated database that combines the records from TRB’s Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD’s Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database. TRID provides access to more than one million records of transportation research worldwide

  5. * ELTIS: European Local Transport Information Service (information system): The Eltis database incorporates an ever-growing number of transport case studies, concepts and documentation and bibliographical references that user can look up by using her/his own pre-selected specifications. Wide range of topics is covered, but the main emphasis lies around practical approaches.

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That's it. If you are a student, teacher, researcher, activist, or a curious citizen wishing to know more about sustainable transport, sustainable cities, and sustainable lives, welcome to World Streets.

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