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50 APPENDIX B Initial Web Survey--Questionnaire and Results

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51 Improving Access to Transportation Information - Request for Input 1. Which of the following best describes your organization: Response Response Percent Count US DOT 9.3% 14 State DOT 69.3% 104 City or County Transportation 0.7% 1 Agency Local or Regional Planning Agency 0.7% 1 Transportation Service Provider 0.7% 1 Academic Institution 11.3% 17 Consulting/Engineering Firm 2.0% 3 Professional Association 1.3% 2 Other (please specify) 4.7% 7 answered question 150 skipped question 0 2. Which of the following best describes you: Response Response Percent Count Librarian 18.0% 27 Engineer 22.7% 34 Planner 6.0% 9 Manager/Executive 38.7% 58 Other (please specify) 14.7% 22 answered question 150 skipped question 0

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52 3. What are the primary information sources that you use to help your customers keep up with the latest developments in their area(s) of expertise, or want to know how others have approached a problem or topic area? Response Response Percent Count Source 1 100.0% 26 Source 2 96.2% 25 Source 3 88.5% 23 Source 4 61.5% 16 answered question 26 skipped question 1 4. When your customers are looking for transportation-related data sets (national, state, or local), what sources do you most frequently use? Response Response Percent Count Source 1 100.0% 22 Source 2 81.8% 18 Source 3 81.8% 18 Source 4 63.6% 14 answered question 22 skipped question 5 5. What kinds of transportation-related information do your customers seek that you find most difficult or time consuming to provide? Please be specific. Response Count 23 answered question 23 skipped question 4

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53 6. How do you keep up with the latest developments in your area(s) of expertise, or find out how others have approached a problem or topic area? (Please check all sources that you use regularly.) Response Response Percent Count Meetings and Conferences 92.6% 113 Discussions with colleagues 91.8% 112 Internet - General Search Engines 82.0% 100 (like Google or Yahoo) Internet - Specific Web Sites 70.5% 86 Print magazines/journals 73.8% 90 Online magazines/journals 45.1% 55 Blogs/wikis/email discussion lists 19.7% 24 Email newsletters or bulletins 70.5% 86 RSS feeds on my home page 1.6% 2 Local library catalog 14.8% 18 Library staff 31.2% 38 TRIS online 36.9% 45 TLCat 5.7% 7 WorldCat 5.7% 7 answered question 122 skipped question 0 7. When you are looking for transportation-related data sets (national, state, or local), what sources do you most frequently use? Response Response Percent Count Source 1 100.0% 101 Source 2 88.1% 89 Source 3 71.3% 72 Source 4 41.6% 42 answered question 101 skipped question 0

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54 8. If you had a full time personal assistant whose job was to provide you with the information you need to be effective, name three tasks you would have given them in the last month. Response Response Percent Count Task 1 100.0% 87 Task 2 94.3% 82 Task 3 80.5% 70 answered question 87 skipped question 0 9. You have just been awarded a $10,000,000 grant to improve the ability of transportation researchers and practitioners to find the information they need when they need it. How would you prioritize the following candidates for use of these funds? Rating Response High Medium Low Don't know Average Count Getting agreement on standards for transportation information sharing - 36.3% (45) 33.9% (42) 25.8% (32) 4.0% (5) 1.98 124 both documents and data Establishing a national transportation information archive to preserve and provide stable access 53.2% (67) 31.7% (40) 13.5% (17) 1.6% (2) 1.63 126 to both print and electronic documents Building a better national 45.2% (57) 38.9% (49) 14.3% (18) 1.6% (2) 1.72 126 transportation information web site Improving transportation-specific 46.4% (58) 34.4% (43) 18.4% (23) 0.8% (1) 1.74 125 search tools Building a collaboration or social networking web site for 29.6% (37) 36.0% (45) 32.0% (40) 2.4% (3) 2.07 125 transportation practitioners Setting up subscription services that inform practitioners about specific 25.6% (32) 43.2% (54) 28.0% (35) 3.2% (4) 2.09 125 topics of interest on a weekly or monthly basis Providing seed funding for transportation organizations to 21.4% (27) 34.1% (43) 37.3% (47) 7.1% (9) 2.30 126 establish better in-house library services

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55 Providing grants to transportation libraries to allow them to loan and 17.5% (22) 26.2% (33) 51.6% (65) 4.8% (6) 2.44 126 deliver documents to outside organizations Digitizing paper documents to 39.7% (50) 31.7% (40) 26.2% (33) 2.4% (3) 1.91 126 enable electronic access Expanding training for transportation practitioners on available tools and 37.0% (47) 44.1% (56) 18.1% (23) 0.8% (1) 1.83 127 information sources Developing a marketing campaign to build awareness of the need for 28.0% (35) 35.2% (44) 36.0% (45) 0.8% (1) 2.10 125 each organization to commit resources for information sharing Establishing a national coordinating function to improve collaboration across existing information sharing, 52.4% (65) 31.5% (39) 13.7% (17) 2.4% (3) 1.66 124 technical assistance and knowledge management efforts answered question 128 skipped question 0 10. What improvements in transportation information access would be of greatest value to you? Response Count 109 answered question 109 skipped question 0 11. Please use the space below to provide any other comments that you would like to see considered in the business plan for implementing Transportation Knowledge Networks. Thank you for your input! Response Count 58 answered question 58 skipped question 0