February 2010

Latest news from the Transport Research Knowledge Centre


Dear readers,

We are back with the latest news about the Transport Research Knowledge Centre (TRKC). The TRKC is a free database featuring up-to-date information on European transport research activities. It enables policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders to access results of EU or nationally financed transport research in the European Research Area (ERA).

In this bulletin, we report on the following issues:

Enjoy reading!
The TRKC project team


Exchange links with TRKC!

If you work in the transport or research sectors and find the Transport Research Knowledge Centre (TRKC) a useful resource, it may be that your organisation has a website covering similar themes.

Why not add a link to the TRKC?

This can help your users by informing them of the TRKC's comprehensive information on transport research programmes, projects and policies. In return we will add a link to your website to the TRKC Link Library where it will be searchable and easily found by TRKC users interested in your organisation's areas of activity.

You may prefer to link to an individual section of the TRKC that is particularly relevant, whether news, events or publications.

If you decide to link to the TRKC please let us know by email to the TRKC Helpdesk and submit your link to TRKC via the Submit a link form.


Customised RSS feeds: your personal updates on new TRKC content

As a transport specialist, you will probably focus on a specific area of transport research and would prefer to only receive updates relevant to this topic. Now, it's possible.

Our customised RSS feature allows you to subscribe – using a desktop Newsreader software or an online feed reader service – to updates on any specific search result. For example, you could use our Browse by funding origin page to see all FP7 project profiles online. After your search, you can subscribe to the RSS feed on that specific result list, by clicking on the RSS icon above the results. From that point on, whenever we upload a new FP7 profile, you will see it appearing in your feedreader client. Similarly, you could use the Advanced Search page to look for information concerning Freight transport – or any other query, that's entirely up to you – and subscribe to the RSS feed based on the results.

As this function is a new addition to our service, we are very much interested in your opinion about it. How useful do you think it is? How could it be improved? Please send us your thoughts via the TRKC Helpdesk.


Add a TRKC widget to your website!

Spice up your website with the most up-to-date content from TRKC! You can use not only our homepage news but pick any search result you find interesting and share the latest hits with your own website's visitors. Most recent projects on rail transport? Projects dealing with environmental aspects of urban transport? Research programmes from Finland, Spain, or Austria? You name it.

And it's dead simple: Just search for the information you're interested on the TRKC website. On top of the results list – right next to the RSS feed icon – click the 'Add to your site' link. You will be offered a small script that you just copy and paste in your website's code. Immediately, your visitors can see a box (style it with CSS as you like) with the updated content from the TRKC website. Impressive, isn't it?