Sunday, August 23, 2009

Calling for posters on Web 2.0 in research and comunications

Innovative Applications of Social Media and Web 2.0 Technologies in Transportation Research and Communication

Sponsoring Committee
ABG40 Committee on Library and Information Science for Transportation (LIST)

Call Description
The Committee on Library and Information Science for Transportation invites you to submit proposals for a poster session on "Innovative Applications of Social Media and Web 2.0 Technologies in Transportation Research and Communication” at the TRB Annual Meeting in January 2010.

Carrying forward a theme begun with LIST’s 2006 presentation session on wikis, blogs, RSS and podcasting, and continued in 2007 and 2008 with LIST sessions on the application of social media technologies, the committee is issuing a call for posters related to Social Media and Web 2.0 technologies for the TRB Annual meeting in January 2010. The goal of this poster session is to complement programs being developed by other TRB committees exploring practical uses and limitations of these technologies

“Social Media” is defined as both the online content created by people using scalable self-publishing tools and technologies, and the shift in how people discover, read and share news, information and other content; it's a fusion of sociology and technology, transforming monologues (static one-to-many communication) into dialogues (dynamic many-to-many communication), and in the process democratizing information.

“Web 2.0" refers to the second generation of Web development and design trends, characterized by innovative online technologies that facilitate communication, collaborative information sharing, interoperability, and user-centered design via new Web applications. The trend has sparked a rapid evolution of web-based communities and hosted applications (all examples of “cloud computing”), including social-networking sites, virtual reality worlds, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, and content mashups.

The poster session will focus on applications that utilize Social Media or Web 2.0 elements to improve access to transportation research, or which facilitate communication in the transportation sector in new ways. Posters can showcase successful efforts, programs or initiatives by individuals or agencies. The poster session will highlight methods, tools, and programs that TRB attendees can consider to improve the ways in which transportation research and information is communicated and shared in their organizations and with other stakeholders. The audience for this session is all transportation stakeholders: state DOT practitioners and decision makers, universities, consultants and others interested in recent advances in the delivery of information services to save time and money, and improve quality of transportation research. Please review TRB's guidelines for poster presenters at .
(Note: A paper is not required for this session, an exception being extended for this call by TRB). Files and information from the poster session will be posted on the LIST committee Web site (

About LIST
The Library and Information Science for Transportation Committee (ABG40) serves as a forum for transportation librarians and the transportation research community on developments in information science and their applicability to transportation. The committee facilitates diffusion of national library and information science innovations throughout the transportation community by monitoring the use of new resources and tools in the transportation arena, defining critical research and training issues relating to their implementation, and promoting the benefits of these capabilities.

Call Organizer
Jennifer.Boteler (, (202) 493-3071

We will accept poster proposal ideas submitted by or on behalf of government or education agencies. Please submit an abstract with enough detail to review your proposal to review committee chair Jennifer Boteler (

We will convene a working group of reviewers to judge submissions and notify those selected in late September. We require an abstract for each poster selected, which can be submitted by following the link below. Those selected must present in person at TRB, however, partnering with colleagues is strongly encouraged.

Submit your poster proposals no later than Friday, September 11, 2009 by going here .