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This page gives all the information you need to know before entering content into the Ideas in transit wikia domain. The main content is likely to added by the project partners but feel free to add relevant content and improve existing articles.


Getting involved

Find out more about the project from the About page and if you are new to wikis, check out the tutorial. Feel free to improve pages and check out the list of pages that need additional content in Stubs. Don't be shy, get in there.


Articles should normally relate to user-innovations in the transport field as distinct from innovations by companies in the transport field or by transport authorities. We want to focus on the frustrated commuter who does something new, or a football club who sorts out a neat solution to a transport problem rather than a train manufacturer who comes up with a better train or indeed a new sort of train. If there is already an article on Wikipedia on the particular subject then content should not be repeated unnecessarily from that source.

Relationship to other wikis

It is not the intention of this wiki to repeat content from other wikis, and in particular to not create duplicates for articles in Wikipedia. If there is already a good article for the product or innovation on another esablished wiki then the innovation itself should only be summarising here and the reader should be refered to the appropriate wiki for further details. If more detail is required in relation to the innovation on that wiki then it may be appropriate to add it there.

Do however create a short article in IdeasInTransit for the innovation if appropriate and describe the innovation process, its relationship to other innovations in this wiki and the potential impact.

Related wikis:


This wiki is not a soap-box to promote a technology or idea. Articles should be neutral in tone, and point out the potential benefits of the innovation, the potential impact but also the barriers to acceptance.


When making factual statements please include references to reputable sources, which may be the project site or other reliable sources. Note: Wikipedia is a useful resource to find sources but Wikipedia itself should not be used as a source.


When creating content it is useful to think about who the potential readers are. Ideas in Transit is a resource for innovators, for implementers and also for policy makers. It might be used by an innovator to understand more about what is happening in a particular space. It might be used by someone from a transport authority wanting to know more about an initiative that is starting in there area or by policy makers wanting to understand what how policy should adapt. As such the writing style should avoid in jargon, avoid too much technical detail and not assume too much knowledge of systems such as RSS etc. If in doubt provide an external link to further information.

Terminology and spelling

The Ideas in Transit wiki is an English language wiki. Please use British spelling for preference unless the context is clearly the US.

Car Share/Car Club/Ride Share etc

To avoid confusion between different uses of the phase 'Car Share' in different parts of the world please use the phrase 'Car club' when referring to shared-car-ownership and 'ride sharing' for references to schemes that match people into the same privately owned vehicle at the same time.

Confidential information

Only enter information onto this site that is freely available and in the public domain or that has been provided to the researchers on the understanding that the information can be published. Individual innovators should ensure that they do not disclose or publish information that they do not wish to make available to a wide audience.


All content should be your own work and be provided under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license. This is also true of photographs for which suitable licencing should be available.

Adding content to existing pages

If you see anything that could be improved about an existing page then please go ahead and improve it. If you are adding factual information please reference it if possible or indicate how you know the information to be correct. If you find anything that is wrong then people remove it and indicate why on the related 'talk' page. You might like to learn from about the project from the about page and if you are new to wiki's then check out the tutorial.

Authoring new 'Innovations' pages

We are interested in documenting innovations that emerge from the bottom-up by users. We are interested in new and potentially disruptive use of information technology devices. We are interested in organisations that solve transport problems in innovative ways as long as transport is not their business. So we are not looking to document innovative uses of technology made by commercial transport companies. But if a management consultancy company started organising its travel in a novel way or a football club found good ways to get fans to the matches in less vehicles, we'd be covering them.

If you are not sure about an individual innovation then why not drop a brief description of the innovation onto our community portal and we can discuss it further.

If you want to add an article then here is the process:

  1. Copy the template show below on this page
  2. Go to our home page and select 'Edit this page' from the menu at the top
  3. Add the title of the new innovation into the correct alphabetical position in the list of innovations (using the same format as is used for other items in the list). Please choose your title carefully as it is not easy to change it later.
  4. Check the page in 'Show preview' and, when finished, 'Save Page'.
  5. Now click on the new link that you have just added to the innovation list (which should be red) and this should take you to a blank form to enter the new page.
  6. Now paste the template text (that you have copied from below) into the blank form and start authoring your text. When you have finished 'Save Page' and you are done.
  7. We will notice the new entry reasonably soon and will check it out and may develop the article further.
  8. If you mention a living person by name then refer to the section below with regard to notifying people about the article and don't forget to also create the entry on the discussion page to say you have done so.

Here is a the template text to cut and paste for a new article - copy it all the way down to the last pair of square brackets ]]

<!-- enter a brief paragraph summarising how the innovation came about and what problem it aims to resolve or ease below here


<!-- enter a description of the product itself and how it works below here, including a high level description of the technologies it employs


<!-- enter a description of the people involved in creating the innovation below here


<!-- enter a description of how the innovation started, the process it has gone through, its current status and future plans below here


<!-- enter a description of the social commercial or environmental impacts of the innovation below here

==External Links==

<!-- give links to any relevant external articles below here


<!-- references included in the above text will automatically be listed here-->


<!-- Add any suitable categories below here, all innovations should be in at least one category. Replace 'NoCategory' in the text below with a suitable category, as well as No Year and No Country with the country and year of origin if it is known.

[[Category:No Year]]

[[Category:No Country]]

Authoring new 'Articles' pages

Articles relate to a general area of interest rather than to an individual innovation. Articles are more useful if a pattern is emerging of a number of related innovations that might interact in some way. An article will probably be authored initially by one person but can of course we tweeked and improved by anyone. Articles do of course need to be relevant to the project. Articles don't have any defined structure and can be designed to fit the purpose.

Adding references

Factual information on innovations pages should be referenced to a suitable source. To add a reference add the following text to the article directly after the claim that needs a reference and replace. Free format text can be included after the URL and before the ] and if this is provided will be displayed in place of the URL in the reference. Free format text after the ] and before the </ref> will also be added to the reference and could include the publisher, the publication data, the author and the access date.

<ref>[ New idea rocks the world] The world idea's bank, John Speedy, 28-05-2008, accessed 06-06-2008</ref>

Check out Cambridge cycle journey planner to see how to use references well.

Categorising pages

Articles can be categorised into useful groups. Check out the current Category:Categories but feel free to add new ones if that is appropriate. To add a page to the football category edit the page and at following text to the bottom of the article.

[[Category: Football]]

If an article belonging in more that one category then add multiple lines

[[Category: Football]]
[[Category: Cycling]]

Creating a new category

Just use the new category name on a page and when the page is saved click on the new category (which should be in red) and add a suitable description. At the bottom of the description add some text to add it to th catogories category as below!

[[Category: Categories]]

Notifying individuals mentioned in the articles

If you name an individual within an article please email them to let them know about it. When you have done so it is also important to create and entry in the discussion page for the article to say you have done so. See Talk:Open street map for an example of how to do this.

Here is a suitable template for the email:

Title: Ideas in transit research project: Just to let you know that we have created an article for xxxx and we mention you by name

The article is available here:

Feel free to add/correct content or just watch for changes.

Background information about the project itself is available here:

The full wiki is here:

And the blog/website is here:



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