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  1. 1. Agenda 21 December 1 THE PEP Clearing House Agenda 21 and the Information Society Session II: Making environmental information accessible: Collaboration, networking and partnerships on clearing- house mechanisms
  2. 2. Agenda 21 December 2 THE PEP features Policy framework for the promotion of sustainable transport at the pan-European level • Tripartite governmental and secretariat process • Supervision: THE PEP Steering Committee • Focused programme of work • Finances: Ad hoc XB resources • Administration: UNECE (Geneva)+WHO/Europe (Rome)
  3. 3. Agenda 21 December 3 Objectives of THE PEP Clearing House • Portal for the promotion of environment and health integration into transport policy • Dissemination of information (present) (policies, legislation, good practices, research, data, capacity building, funding, etc.) • Cooperation and exchange of views at Pan- European level (planned)
  4. 4. Agenda 21 December 4 Keys of THE PEP Clearing House - Internet-based center for - collection, classification and distribution of structured information - kept and maintained by authorized bodies
  5. 5. Agenda 21 December 5 THE PEP Clearing HouseTHE PEP Clearing House StructureStructure Academic institutions THE PEP Clearing House (Transport, Environment and Health) National Governments Local authorities NGOs International organisations Private sector
  6. 6. Agenda 21 December 6 Features of THE PEP Clearing House • Inter-sectoral approach (T,H,E) • No legal and institutional framework • No national support structure (nodes) • No agreed information base • No funding mechanism for operation • Two secretariats UNECE (Geneva) and WHO/Euro (Rome)
  7. 7. Agenda 21 December 7 Design of THE PEP Clearing House • Central operation directed by one secretariat (bottom-up approach risky as no “mainstream” issues, no legal/financial obligations by national nodes; UNECE/WHO) • Minimize operational/personnel costs (maximize automatic functions, uploading, downloading) • Use of existing UN technical infrastructure (identify marginal UN cost components, such as server capacity, IT maintenance, search engines, etc.) • Harness substantive know-how of secretariats (ECE and WHO/Europe staff assistance for operation)
  8. 8. © Economic Commission for Europe, 2007, all rights reserved 8 THE PEP Clearing HouseTHE PEP Clearing House Implementation stagesImplementation stages Phase I – Target user survey/concept/design 2003 Phase II – Implementation 2004-2005 Phase III – Pilot Operation (Part I) 2006-2007
  9. 9. © Economic Commission for Europe, 2007, all rights reserved 9 Clearing House MechanismClearing House Mechanism Administrative structure Resources 2004 $ 122’7342005 $ 81’0000 2006 $46’107 Advisory Board Steering Committee UNECEWHO
  10. 10. Agenda 21 December 10 Services of THE PEP Clearing House • Core services (information broker) – Focus on THE PEP priority areas - Information targeted to policy makers (but flexible) - Dedicated search engines - Multilingual coverage (English/Russian) – Description and analysis of key areas and topics
  11. 11. Agenda 21 December 11 Services of THE PEP Clearing House • Potential additional (value-added) services – Structured access to data bases and statistics – Analytical and advisory service (expert database) – Capacity building and training – Sources of international funding – Interaction/cooperation (forums, feedback) – Translation (automatic ?) services – Newsletter and calendar of meetings
  12. 12. Agenda 21 December 12 Uploading - Information procurement • Information content and quality criteria (THE PEP CH terms of use) • Authorization of information providers-nodes) Governmental (international, national, local, NGOs) • Automatic uploading procedures for nodes • Information categorization and tagging • Automatic maintenance mechanisms Web crawler regularly updates information of nodes
  13. 13. Agenda 21 December 13 THE PEP Clearing HouseTHE PEP Clearing House Web-basedWeb-based uploading mechanismuploading mechanism Submission form
  14. 14. Agenda 21 December 14 Downloading – Information provision • Information architecture (principles) – Comprehensive, coherent and systematic information search on inter-relationship and interdependence of transport, health and environment (search engine) – Intuitive information search for policy makers (non- experts) (“information tree”)
  15. 15. Agenda 21 December 15 Downloading – Information provision 6 main information areas • Policy integration measures (T,H,E) • Transport demand management • Sustainable urban transport • Environment and health effects of transport • Sensitive areas • Focus on EECCA and SEE countries
  16. 16. Agenda 21 December 16 Downloading – Information provision • THE PEP priority areas and transport effects – By categories (110 key topics with summaries) – By key words (search engine) • Toolkit (policy measures) – Policy (international, regional, EU, national) – Legislation (international, regional, EU, national) – Research and case studies; (indicators and data) – Capacity building and funding opportunities
  17. 17. Agenda 21 December 17 Challenges (internal) Sustained operation of Clearing House mechanism - Successful automatic operation - High investments, but very little operating costs - Complex administration of technical and substantive task (among many staff) - Visibility (lack of ownership within secretariat)
  18. 18. Agenda 21 December 18 Challenges (external) Lack of national visibility – EECCA and SEE countries – Western European countries • Lack of national information provision/uploading – EECCA and SEE countries – Western European countries • How to activate THE PEP Focal Points ?
  19. 19. Agenda 21 December 19 Indicators of operation Good and up-to-date user and content data are key for effective response • Visitors • Visited pages • Uploaded documents • Database sources and content • Document content
  20. 20. Agenda 21 December 20 CLEARING HOUSE USE: UNIQUE VISITORS (JAN 2006–NOV 2007) 434 462 287 280 228 261 320 330349 265 269 297 361 293 273 276 342 522 470 390 473 460 448 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 J a n -0 6 F e b -0 6 M a r-0 6 A p r-0 6 M a y -0 6 J u n -0 6 J u l-0 6 A u g -0 6 S e p -0 6 O c t-0 6 N o v -0 6 D e c -0 6 J a n -0 7 F e b -0 7 M a r-0 7 A p r-0 7 M a y -0 7 J u n -0 7 J u l-0 7 A u g -0 7 S e p -0 7 O c t-0 7 N o v -0 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Unique Visitors * Visitors Average Unique Visitor: A unique visitor is someone with a unique address who is entering The PEP Clearing House web site and are counted only once per day, no matter how often they visit the site. Unique visitors are measured according to their unique IP addresses, which are like online fingerprints.
  21. 21. Agenda 21 December 21 CLEARING HOUSE CONTENT DOCUMENTS/LINKS BY LANGUAGE Russian: 38 (6%) French: 144 (24%) English: 416 (70%)
  22. 22. Agenda 21 December 22 CLEARING HOUSE CONTENT: CONTRIBUTORS (JAN 2006–NOV 2007) 31 13 31 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 421 131 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 NumberofDocuments EU EU15 EU12 SEE EECCA OTHER (NGOs, Secretariat, etc) Contributors Uploaded Documents Before 2006 Jan 2006 - Nov 2007 EU12: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia EU15: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom SEE: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey EECCA: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
  23. 23. Agenda 21 December 23 VISITED PAGES PER SUB-REGION (EECCA, SEE, EU12, EU15) (JAN 2006–NOV 2007) EU15: 8775 (60% ) EECCA: 3275 (22% ) SEE: 308 (2% ) EU12: 2292 (16% )
  24. 24. Agenda 21 December 24 EECCA (JAN 2006–NOV 2007) 1770 972 194 115 111 41 27 22 13 9 1 0 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 NumberofVisitedPages RussianFed. Ukraine Moldova Belarus Georgia Kazakhstan Uzbekistan Armenia Azerbaijan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan Country
  25. 25. Agenda 21 December 25 SEE (JAN 2006–NOV 2007) 138 74 54 23 12 7 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 NumberofVisitedPages Turkey A lbania C roatia B osnia and H erzegovina Serbia FYR oM M ontenegro Country
  26. 26. Agenda 21 December 26 EU12 (JAN 2006–NOV 2007) 994 365 162 143 130 128 119 81 66 61 26 17 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 NumberofVisitedPages Hungary Czech Republic Estonia Lithuania Rom ania Poland Bulgaria Slovenia Latvia Cyprus Slovakia M alta Country
  27. 27. Agenda 21 December 27 EU15 (JAN 2006–NOV 2007) 2762 1531 1310 584 537 423 266 262 211 198 198 188 126 107 72 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 NumberofVisitedPages Germany UnitedKingdom France Belgium Netherlands Ireland Finland Italy Denmark Austria Sweden Spain Portugal Greece Luxembourg Country
  28. 28. Agenda 21 December 28 THE PEP Clearing HouseTHE PEP Clearing House AcknowledgmentsAcknowledgments DonorsDonors Switzerland Finland Norway NetherlandsFrance United Kingdom Germany
  29. 29. Agenda 21 December 29 THE PEP Clearing House www.thepep.org/CHWebSite
  30. 30. Agenda 21 December 30 CLEARING HOUSE USE: VISITED PAGES, JAN 2006 – NOV 2007 1095 1039 639 778 594 654 592 640 1109 919 1535 1238 1395 990 907 771 684 916 1180 1130 812784 1644 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 Jan-06 Feb-06 Mar-06 Apr-06 May-06 Jun-06 Jul-06 Aug-06 Sep-06 Oct-06 Nov-06 Dec-06 Jan-07 Feb-07 Mar-07 Apr-07 May-07 Jun-07 Jul-07 Aug-07 Sep-07 Oct-07 Nov-07 Visited pages Average
  31. 31. Agenda 21 December 31 CLEARING HOUSE CONTENT UPLOADED DOCUMENTS and LINKS (web crawler) 367 85 63 83 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 NumberofDocuments 2004 2005 2006 2007 (up to December) Year
  32. 32. Agenda 21 December 32 Development of THE PEP Clearing House • Cautious (phased) top-down approach (step-by step - high initial investment costs) • Extensive target user surveys (2003) (THE PEP market niche: T,E,H inter-relationship, policy makers, “East and West” link, multilingual: English/Russian) • Conceptual design (2003) • Implementation phase (2005) • Pilot operation phase (2006-2007) • Normal (sustained) operation (planned for 2008)?

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