Research Information Network for Transport, Urban Development, Spatial Planning, and Housing


Background and aims:

The ISB has been involved in the development of the Research Information System (RIS) of the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The system is accessible at to a restricted but steadily growing number of users.

The main purpose of the system is to process and depict academic knowledge on transportation, building, and urban development in a manner that allows transport politicians, administrative and ministry staff, transport researchers, journalists, and interested people to gain a quick overview of the relationships between different research questions.


The project consortium agreed on topics for each project partner to work on. The ISB was responsible for topics of mobility and transport management as well as urban development, spatial planning, spatial development, and transport. For each of the topics (e.g. car sharing, urban quarters suitable for families and the elderly), we researched publications and summarized their findings. Keeping the existing entries up to date was also part of the assignment.

The RIS differs from other systems in the so-called synthesis reports which were written in the next step, summarizing the knowledge on specific aspects from several sources. In order to do so, mind maps were created to help visualize the topics.

All existing mind maps were checked and, if necessary, updated after one year to keep them up to date.


The ISB was responsible for the following topics:

Transport management (lead project “Mobility in agglomerations”, parking space management, integration of collective and individual leading strategies in motorized private transport, speeding up public transport)

Mobility management (mobility centrals, mobility management at schools, mobility management for businesses, soft policies, efficient car usage, CarSharing, ride sharing)

Quality management in transportation (quality in transport, quality management in transport, quality indicators of transport systems, management of shared road networks)

Urban development (urban transport, suburbanisation)

Urban development and quarter development (urban reconstruction, developing quarters suitable for families and the elderly)

Spatial planning and development (spatial planning and transport, demographic development)


Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

Project duration:

The project started in 2001. The ISB was assigned to the system until May 2008.

Project partners:

11 university departments; coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)

Contacts at the ISB:

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Witte, Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Hebel, Dipl.-Ing. Armin Langweg, Dr.-Ing. Conny Louen, Kathrin Driessen, M. A., Dipl.-Ing. Bauass. Jan Benden, Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Brandt, Dipl.-Ing. Anika Swik