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The International Transport Research Documentation


What is ITRD?

The International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) is a bibliographic transport research database that contains more than 300 000 bibliographical references on transport research literature in OECD and non-OECD countries. Each record contains an informative abstract, from the world's published literature on transport (reports, books, journal articles, conference proceedings). About 10 000 references are added each year. There are 4 official languages represented in the database, English, French, German and Spanish, and each record is available in one of these languages.

Since January 2003, ITRD is administered by TRL on behalf of the OECD.

ITRD content

ITRD records encompass the following fields related to road and intermodal transport:

Road safety
Traffic Transport Vehicles
Intermodal transport
Highway financing and administration
Transport economics and policy
Construction of pavements, bridges, and tunnels
Design of roads and related structures
Drainage of soils
Road maintenance
Soils and rock mechanics.

ITRD also includes summaries of on-going research in participating countries via the Transport in Progress (TRIP) product.

ITRD geographical coverage and Membership

Today, 26 research institutes from 19 of the 30 OECD Member countries participate in ITRD and contribute to the database. Four institutes from non-OECD countries are also active members of ITRD.

The ITRD database therefore reflects the transport research literature of 23 countries. It also includes abstracts of transport literature published by other organisations/associations such as the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) and the World Road Association (PIARC).

ITRD Membership

ITRD Membership is open to OECD and non-OECD countries. The main benefits that have accrued to the transport research institutes that have joined ITRD include:

Possibility to disseminate their own organisation's published information worldwide;
Networking benefits with ITRD member organisations throughout the world;
Access to the participating countries' published and on-going research information.

Any transport research institute that would be interested in joining the ITRD scheme is welcome to contact the OECD/RTR Secretariat.

Who is using ITRD?

The following are regular ITRD customers:

Transport researchers
Transport librarians
National and local governments
Transport operators
Students and academics.

Value of ITRD

Current customers recognise that ITRD is a useful and powerful tool, which enables them to identify very efficiently the existing transport research literature on a given subject. This constitutes a substantial time gain compared to a scattered Internet search among transport research institutes and publishers around the world.

Users cite the following as being unique features of ITRD:

  • The quality of its abstracts: Abstracts included with ITRD are a unique feature - they are considered to be very informative and sufficiently detailed.
  • Its coverage: with its worldwide networking, ITRD has a global perspective on transport.
  • A homogeneity in the structure of the records: All records follow the same data format, contain abstracts, and have the same searchable fields
  • Input (keywords and indexes) in any of the official languages (English, French, German and Spanish), and abstracts in only one of these four languages.

ITRD is evolving to best respond to the changing requirements of its members and users. Since 1999, the scope of the database has been expanded to also include inputs on transport economics, transport policy and intermodal transport.

Access to the ITRD database

The ITRD database is accessible to anyone (individual, companies, governments, research institutes) from any region via two main supports:

  • TRANSPORT ON THE WEB and TRANSPORT CD produced by SilverPlatter, which gather two databases: the ITRD and the TRIS of the US Transportation Research Board. TRANSPORT is available on the basis of a yearly subscription. TRANSPORT is updated every quarter.
  • ITRD on line, produced by FIZ/STN, is updated every month and contains also the TRIP product on transport research in progress. Access to ITRD on-line is based on a pay per view process).

TRIP -- The Transport Research in Progress section of ITRD -- is also available on a standalone CD-ROM.

For more information, visit the International Transport Research Documentation Website


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