# About the TFResource

# Project origins

This project came about due to a TRB research project designed to examine the state-of-the-practice in metropolitan travel forecasting. In the final report, Metropolitan Travel Forecasting: Current Practice and Future Direction (opens new window), the committee identified many recommendations to improve travel demand forecasting, including: A national travel forecasting handbook be developed and kept current to provide salient information to those practicing travel demand forecasting; This suggestion was taken up by the forecasting community and this TFResource will be that handbook.

# Project administration

TRB is serving as the “secretariat” for the site. This means providing staffing, support to the curators and contributors, and contracting with the experts needed to develop the site. A TRB committee was also appointed to provide the technical expertise to develop the website.

In addition to the volunteers, the administrators are responsible for the general organization, functionality and operation of the site itself. If you have suggestions on how to improve the TFResource functionality, please let the administrators know.

# Wikipedia vs. TFResource - the similarities and the differences

Wikipedia has changed the way we conduct research, find those pesky facts, and start to learn a topic. Like Wikipedia, the TFResource relies on community contributors to develop and update articles. TFResource also relies on editors within the community with subject matter expertise to assist with curating articles. Traditionally, transport modelers have contributed to TFResource, but experts from related fields are welcome to contribute as well.

# Reference and Resources we consulted in developing the site

We have benefited from the many community-based webpages that have been developed before ours. The references below were used in all aspects of the website development.

  • Wikipedia Introduction to policies and guidelines, Five Pillars, Policies and Guidelines, List of Policies, List of Guidelines, WikiProject Council/Guide, WikiProject Council/Directory, To-do List, web resources examined 9/9/2010 and later dates
  • Office SharePoint 2007 – Checklist Guide, Tips and Info
  • BBC governance
  • Citizendium, the Citizens’ Compendium charter, welcome, FAQ, Why Citizendium?, Fundamentals, Personnel, Request Account, Proposals, Article Mechanics, web resources examined 9/9/2010
  • Open Source Software Advisory Service, www.oss-watch.ac.uk, How to build an open source community, The Community Source Development Model, Community source vs. open source, The Projects, Why does a project need a governance model?, web resources examined 9/9/2010
  • The Wikipedia review, wikipediareview.com, general information on governance and posting issues on Wikipedia
  • Firstmonday, Peer-Reviewed Journal on the Internet, firstmonday.org, Vol. 15, Number 3, March 1, 2010, Identifying and Understanding the problems of Wikipedia’s peer governance: The case of inclusionists versus deletionists, Vasilis Kostakis
  • The Apache software Foundation, www.apache.org, How the ASF works, www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html, 9/9/2010
  • Ubuntu, Code of Conduct and about Ubuntu Governance, www.ubuntu.com, 9/9/2010
  • CrisisCommons Wiki, Volunteer Starter Kit and Toronto – Thoughts for Infrastructure and Governance wiki.scrisiscommons.org/wiki, 9/9/2010
  • Helma Project Bylaws, helma.orgwiki/Helma+Project+Bylaws, 9/9/2010
  • OpenDS Governance Model, opends.deve.java.net/public/docs/OpenDS-Governance.html
  • Is something fundamentally wrong with Wikipedia governance process? Michel Bauwns, January 7, 2008, P2P Foundation, Blog.p2pfoundation.net/is-something-fundamentally-wrong-with-wikipedia-governance, 9/9/2010
  • Scaling Consensus: Increasing Decentralization in Wikipedia Governance, Andrea Forte and Amy Bruckman, Georgia Institute of Technology, Digital Library of the Commons, Indiana University, 9/9/2010
  • NASA Modeling Guru Posting Policy, modleingguru.nasa.gov/docs/DOC-1083
  • Digital Universe Project, FAQ, examined 11/11/2010

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