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Knowledge-base development process for pan-European rail freight corridors- a case study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dewan Islam, Dr Tom ZunderORCiD


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An effective and informative pan-European transport corridor contributes towards the European Commission’s policy objective of establishing an integrated trans-European transport network (TEN-T). RETRACK is the “REorganisation of Transport networks by advanced RAil freight Concepts” project, funded under the European Commission (EC) FP6 Programme, and aims to contribute to the Commission’s aspirations of a commercially viable modal shift of freight traffic from road to rail to help achieving sustainable mobility. This paper presents a European rail freight corridor knowledge base, using a case study - RETRACK KB. The RETRACK KB aims to facilitate stakeholders with data and information for example, on infrastructure condition; supply and demand of rail freight, corridor connectivity with alternative hubs and spokes; the market conditions; institutional conditions; and environmental conditions. The information is intended to be for generic operational issues as well as requirements for a particular railway corridor. The paper describes specification of the rail freight knowledge base, followed by a discussion on the design (including content and structure) and main software elements (including table data software, geo data software, web portal and content management and document repository) and construction of RETRACK KB.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Islam DMZ, Zunder TH, Grashoff PS

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Selected Proceedings: 13th World Conference on Transport Research WCTR2013Rio

Year of Conference: 2014

Publisher: COPPE - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil