Standing upon the shoulders of giants


From: Protasio Chipulu, Programme Coordinator.
Rural Accessibility and Mobility Programme. Lusaka, Zambia

Sent: 09 December 2015
ref: Gatnet: Gearing up for 2016

Dear Eric,

I went to the search engine ;

In the window I typed Gender Mainstreaming in rural transport.  I found a catalogue of publications on the subject and this I find to be very useful for my work and for my research.

What you have created is very innovate and good platform to use for use in promoting our agenda.  I will share this site with my colleagues in the sector.

How can we include other publications which I can get from my country?

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Dear Protasio,

Thanks you so much for writing; your question is very timely. In fact it’s perfect and exactly what I was hoping for, that is for some of us to give it a try and then ask a few telling questions.. Let me try to explain quickly how this works.

It is a Combined Search Engine which uses google as its main motor. We call it Knoogle (Yes it is ugly), our Dedicated Knowledge Browser – KNOwledge goOGLE.

What we are doing here is to create and fine tune in iterations a Combined Search Engine that will with the help of Google permits the busy reader to scan through all the carefully targeted key links, integrated programs and sources with a single click and set of keywords. It is far more compact than the usual full Google search; however its usefulness depends on the range and quality of sources that are captured in our Key Links section.

Thus far, and just to get us going we scan the following relevant sites: Dgroups, our 2.0 program,  OECD, Genderit, Bridge, ADB, Transaid, IFRTD, Sarpn. I realize that this is still incomplete and work in progress, but you are helping show the way on this with your question.

So if you or any of our colleagues have any suggestions or recommendations of sources, programs you would like to see included, now is a good time to have them. Once I have heard from you and a few others I will clear my desk and then start to see what can be the best, most compact and also most far reaching

So much good work in this important field already exists out there, and as we struggle to move ahead wat a fine thing it is to be able to benefit from this past work.  What was it that Isaac Newton said so long ago about this in own work: “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”

And so too for us in our work: if we can perhaps see a bit further today, it is because we are standing on the shoulders of all those who have worked so hard in the past on these issues and shown us the way.

Warm regards,

Eric Britton


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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at and @ericbritton

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