Having recognized the necessity for information in the field of highway engineering the industralized countries of the Western Hemisphere formed in the period between 1965 and 1967 two centers for the acquisition, processing and dissemination of information connected with the problems of roads and road traffic. The U.S.A. developed their documentation system under the name of Highway Research Service (HRIS) while 15 countries, members of the OECD, organized their information system called the International Road Research Documentation (IRRD) Scheme. According to the criteria both systems collect information on selected subject fields from published and unpublished materials and on the research work in progress. The systems are closely connected and co-operate in the exchange of information. HRIS is a centralized informational system where all the work on collecting, processing and servicing is computerized. Service charges for the information depend on the participation in the expenses for the sustainment of the system. IRRD is a half-centralized informational documentation system but the members can get information service for the requirements of their users. The expenses for the IRRD are partly covered by donation of the OCED and partly by the member organizations. Both systems are emitting information on hard copies or on magnetic tapes. Besides the information systems there is also the International Road Federation (IRF) which publishes, once a year, the data on current research, outside USA and those countries that are not included in IRRD scheme. The title of the publication is "World Survey of the Current Research and Development on Roads and Road Transport". Yugoslavia had no information system for roads and road traffic and was not a user of either system. In our country information on the mentioned subjects appear sporadically in various informational papers. To fill up the gap the Referral Centre of the University of Zagreb initiated in 1970 the gathering of data on the existing road research informational systems. A detailed examination revealed that the International Road Research Documentation Scheme offered the best solution for the users in Yugoslava and the Referral Centre has been receiving the IRRD sheets divided into subject fields, since July 1971. Efforts have also been made for the Referral Centre to compile from the Yugoslav technical papers abstracts of articles that may be of interest to the IRRD Scheme.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Zagreb, Yugoslavia

    Trg Marsala Tita 14
    Zagreb,   Yugoslavia 
  • Authors:
    • Vukelic, M
  • Publication Date: 1976


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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 258 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137686
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MS Thesis
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM