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WP2: World-class Transport Research Infrastructure
WP2, world-class transport research infrastructures (RIs) is led by FEHRL and builds on previous work undertaken in the TREE, TRANSFORUM, ALT-COST and other projects. The WP consists of four tasks.
These tasks consider hard (physical) physical RIs and Soft RIs consisting of databases, libraries etc. The WP has investigated the opportunities that exist to develop the RIs needed for strengthening the ERA of today and the challenges and opportunities faced by transport for the future. Coordination between the transport sector and ESFRI will be strengthened. Reflecting the strong international focus in the transport sector the activities will be closely coordinated with those of WP6. The role that research infrastructures play in facilitating and promoting the mobility of researchers will also require strong links with WP1.
Overview of deliverables
Deliverable 1 of WP2 focused on building an Online Catalogue for RI on the DETRA website at http://detra.fehrl.org/facilities. The catalogue has been established and considers both hard (physical) and soft (databases) infrastructure for all four transportation modes. The catalogue aims to be a tool for facilitating cooperation both between those that have similar RIs (development) and those that have complementary RIs (optimising use). To facilitate the input of data about the RIs, a template and information folder is available at http://detra.fehrl.org/facilities.
The scope of Deliverable 2 in WP2 included identifying the needs for RI in the transport sector. Based on results from workshops and papers from different organisations including the European Commission, the requirements for the future RIs needed to solve the common challenges are identified. Four main common RIs are identified and there is also a discussion on how to facilitate cooperation around RIs.
The final Deliverable 3 in WP2 tries to summon up the conclusions from the work within WP2. A preliminary business case for the four RIs that could be the main RIs to be promoted is presented, as is the roadmap for increasing cooperation around RIs.
The main conclusions of WP2 can be summarised as follows.
WP2 highlights the importance of networking around RIs and the RI itself for strengthening the ERA in the transport sector. Both existing RIs and new RIs are essential tools for addressing the grand challenges.
There is a need to further develop and strengthen networks around existing facilities and RIs:
The need for new common RIs can be summarised in the following two statements:
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