RRUKA members have knowledge sharing opportunities available via SPARK.
SPARK is a free web tool for the rail industry to share and find information on rail research, enabling rail professionals to:
- Network and cooperate with other users
- Showcase their work to the wider rail community
- Reduce duplication and speed up innovation
SPARK and RRUKA
This online resource supports RRUKA’s aim to bridge the gap between academia and industry by promoting and facilitating knowledge sharing across the rail industry. It offers a platform for you to raise the profile of your research and institution as a whole. This in turn could help you increase your visibility amongst industry and make new connections who could help further the progress of your work.
- Wealth of information (over 13,000 records) covering: infrastructure, rolling stock, rail operations, rail system interfaces, human factors, and rail related policies
- Community of over 2,500 users, (more than 50% industry members)
But don’t just take our word for it – read the testimonials from a few RRUKA members and other rail professionals:
Ivan Grigorchenkov (City University), who has been a SPARK user for over 2 years, lists the top 3 things he likes about SPARK:
- Content/resources – I can find useful information I need for research. The content is regularly updated.
- Networking – I can find people who work in the area of my interests.
- Interactive Interface – I can add comments or propose a change.
He also notes that it is an “excellent resource”.
Paul Allen (University of Huddersfield), a user since its inception, says it is “well managed, easy access and useful content”, whilst Malcolm Dobell (London Underground) comments that “It is good to be able to access a variety of material in one place without having to do extensive internet searches”.
How can I get access to SPARK?
As an RRUKA member you are eligible for Contributor level access. This means you will be able to share your own content, and participate in rail-related discussions (features which are not available at Reader level).
Those working in the rail industry will gain Reader level access by default. They can however apply for Contributor level access if they feel they have sufficient rail expertise to share. RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) and IRRB (International Railway Research Board) members will also be granted further access.
Joining SPARK through RRUKA
For more information about SPARK you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org