Lessons Learned Knowledge Resource Help

Welcome to the ITS Lessons Learned Knowledge Resource!

This page should assist you in finding what you are looking for, but if you continue to have trouble, please feel free to contact us. Read on for a summary of the site navigation and other helpful features or click on a link below to look for help more specifically related to what interests you.

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Site Navigation

This Web site offers two types of navigation schemes: Quick Links and Drop-down menus. The Quick Links icons located at the top right hand side allow you to access data in the five ITS decision-making resources:

    Applications Overview
    Benefits Database
    Costs Database
    Deployment Statistics
    Lessons Learned Knowledge Resource

The navigation "drop down menus" located at the top of the page allow you to browse through the information in the ITS Lessons Learned Knowledge Resource. Each of the drop down menus is described below:

Lessons Learned Knowledge Resource

The Lessons Learned Database menu includes overview information about the Lessons Learned Database.

  • What's New reveals a list of the 10 most recently posted document summaries in the database sorted by the date of posting.
  • About This Site provides an overview of the siter objectives and the knowledge content.
  • FAQ reveals a list of the most recently posted lessons learned articles sorted by the date of posting.
  • Available Documents provides a list of downloadable documents related to ITS Lessons Learned and the Lessons Learned Knowledge Resource.
  • Contact Us provides contact information for the Lessons Learned Knowledge Resource.
  • Contribute Lessons allows the user to share data or documentation to be incorporated in the Lessons Learned Knowledge Resource.
  • Help Us Improve allows the user to vote and comment on their satisfaction with the information on ITS Lessons Learned.

Browse Lessons By

The Browse by Lessons drop down menu provide you with several different ways to browse through these lessons:

  • Lesson Category allows you to browse lessons learned by the following categories: Management & Operations, Policy & Planning, Design & Deployment, Leaderships and Partnerships, Funding, Technical Integration, Procurement, Legal Issues, and Human Resources.
  • Synthesis of Lessons presents a list of synthesis of lessons learned knowledge about key ITS areas of interest.
  • Application Area allows you to access the lessons learned classified by categories defined by the various application areas of ITS. The taxonomy consists of 14 Intelligent Infrastructure applications and 3 Intelligent Vehicle applications. Each of the 17 applications is further divided into sub-application areas. By scanning the sub-application areas, you can choose lessons learned articles related to your area(s) of interest. These categories are depicted in the taxonomy chart and listed in the Lessons Learned Home Page.
  • Goal Area allows you to view the lessons learned articles on transportation system improvement goals such as safety, mobility, productivity, efficiency, energy & environment,a nd customer satisfaction.
  • The State and Country links allow you to view the lessons learned grouped by the location of the evaluated ITS implementation.
  • Systems Engineering links allow you to browse lessons by each of the systems engineering process activities.
  • Major Initiatives allows you to access lessons learned based on categories derived from ITS Application Areas related to the Major Initiatives.
  • Other Program Activities allows you to access lessons learned based on notable ITS program activities undertakes at various times.

Lesson of the Month

Lessons of the Month page is an archive of the monthly lessons learned highlights featured on the Home page of the USDOT's ITS Joint Program Office.

ITS Knowledge Resources

The ITS Knowledge Resources drop down menu allows you to access the Home page for the five ITS knowledge resources Web sites: Benefits, Costs, Lessons Learned, Application Overview and Deployment Statistics. It also contains a link to the ITS Help Page.

Search Help

Located at the upper left of each page in this Web site, the search box enables you to quickly access costs, benefits and lessons learned information related to particular interests you may have. An important element of the search capability is the selection field that allows you to search the "benefits" data, "costs" data, "lessons" data, or "all." Selecting "all" allows you to search for benefits, costs, and lessons learned information related to the keywords you enter. Use the "Go" button to submit your search.

In addition to simple word searches, you can use query operators to refine your search.

The following table presents the query operators you can use and describes how each operator will enhance your search.

OperatorWhat it does
and

AND

&

These find documents containing all the conditions or words linked by AND.

Example: 'car AND highway AND safety' finds documents containing all three of these words.
or

OR

, (comma)

These find documents containing either of the conditions or words and returns them ranked by number of appearances in the document.

Example: 'car OR highway OR safety' finds documents containing at least one of these words.

Note ACCRUE works slightly better than OR when sorting results by relevance.
NOT

not

!

These make the query negative.
· You can put NOT between words: 'car AND NOT safety' finds documents containing the word car, but not if they also contain the word safety.
· '(car OR safety) AND NOT (highway OR transit)' finds documents containing the word car or safety, but not if they also contain the word highway or transit.
· '(car AND safety) AND NOT highway' finds documents containing the words car and safety, but not if they also contain the word highway.
" "Placing double quotes around operators (like AND, OR, CONTAINS etc.) allows the search engine to read them as normal words.

Example: "arterial management" finds documents containing the phrase arterial management.
?This is a wildcard. It represents any single letter. It does not work with dates or numbers.

Example: '?ar' finds documents containing car, far, mar, bar (and any other three-letter words that end with 'ar')

'???rt' finds documents containing start, alert, smart, (and any other five-letter words that end with 'rt')
*This is a wildcard. It represents any extension of letters. It does not work with dates or numbers.

Example: 'inter*' finds documents that start with 'inter' such as intersection, interstate, interoperable

Also, '*art*' finds documents containing the letter sequence 'art' such as arterial, cart, start
- (hyphen)This tells the search engine to find the hyphenated word pair. Example: 'full-text' finds documents containing "full-text."
( ) [parentheses]This determines the order in which your query is processed. A part of the query enclosed in parentheses will be processed before parts outside the parentheses.

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