EU Projects: Key resources

EU Framework 5 FP5 EuroStat OPUS project led by Imperial College London: Optimising the use of Partial Information in Urban and Regional Systems:

Involved the application of Bayesian methods to transport matrices and pseudo surveys estimated from diverse incommensurable sources, and child health exposure issues. The OPUS Project page included demonstration models as well as documentation.

(as of 21-11-18 Imperial have taken down the OPUS Project home page: I will search for my files and mont here anything usefull that I still have)  

One key finding of continuing importance, is that for modeling systems using MCMC Bayesian methods it is essential to keep a metadata audit trail of the data generation through these methods (See Wigan and Westlake <here>)


EU Framework 6 Fp6 ReOrient Railway Network extensions

A key output was the Knowledge Base website, which is now offline after ~7 years..

It was used by two successive EU Framework projects ReOrient and later Worldnet (see info page <Here> ,Worldnet’s remote access to the ETIS freight matrix on the ReOrient server <Here> and the WorldNet view of the Worldnet datacube running on the gatewayed ReOrient remote server  <Here>)) as well as a trial Journal and complete conference prototype on the same database system

This Knowledge Base was specified in 2004, operational within 18m and ran without intervention with a couple of thousand hits a month from 2007 until late 2012, when it was closed down through necessity due to the sheer antiquity of the servers...if not the application!

This  system, which was still securing ~ 2000 hits a month when shut down as the hard discs wore out years after the Worldnet and ReOrient projects were completed.

For 4 years the ETIS 20m element freight matrix was hosted there, and served the WorldNet Framework project from its beginning, after Rerient was completed. This RKB (ReOrient Knowledge Base) was also used to host 3000 papers from the Association for European Transport and an AET Repository and a complete E-Journal was set up in 4 days as a demonstration of how readily Open Sourcing the papers of the European Transport Conference could be managed. See: < Front Page>, (Logged In>,<Keyword Search>,< AET Journal working page> . After our presentation to the AET Council, the AET Council subsequently made all papers Open Access on the AET website, but decided that the long term reliance on the ReOrient server and its specially licenced (actually freely donated) to this Napier project by SAIC [TeraText] - an Australian SGML/XML content and database system based originally on Ron Sacks Davis TITAN flat file system for museums in the early day - and Nesstar, for the exposure of the elegant middleware in which both were embedded.. these authorisations would indeed not have carried over to AET hosting.

A number of presentations and papers were made, and are collated here for direct download as there is continuing interest in this Knowledge Base, and as far as we can ascertain the RKB was probably the first available at this level and breadth of of capability.

The live  and very effective AET database was then used to explore thesaurus extensions, as reported at 3. below.

RKB Papers

1. Wigan, M. R., et al. (2007). RKB: A Knowledge base to support research documentation, data, GIS, spatial data and communications for a major rail freight project. European Transport Conference, Leewenhorst NL, PTRC.

2. Wigan, M. R. and R. Kukla (2008). The roles of repositories, thesauri, metadata and automated keyword generation. Transportation Research Board 84th Annual General Meeting. Washington DC, TRB. CDRom:

3. Wigan, M. R., Kukla, R., Benjamins, M, Grashoff, P (2008). A new data, document and geospatial repository: Knowledge base and project support for a major international railway project. Open Repositories 2008: Third International Conference on Open Repositories.

RKB Presentations

2007 ETC Conference

2008 TRB Conference

EU Framework 7 Fp7 RoadIdea: innovations in ITS

A key finding here was that this type of formal innovations project not only produced a number of effective innovations, from bicycle routing with real time weather integration, to ice and fog detection systems -as well as anticipating the App revolution which had barely begun when this project was completed. but also highlighted the need to assess the communications and output results in an appropriate manner.. This is best illustrated  as follows:

Updated and edited on 21 November 2018