Library:Scholarly Communications/Innovative Dissemination of Research Award/2010

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2010: Cycling Route Planner wins UBC Library’s 2010 Innovative Dissemination of Research Award

Michael Brauer, Professor, School of Environmental Health


UBC Library has announced that Michael Brauer, a UBC Professor, has won UBC Library’s inaugural Innovative Dissemination of Research Award for the Cycling Metro Vancouver Route Planner.

Brauer led a team that developed an interactive cycling route planner, Cycle Vancouver, which integrates research from various sources and disseminates it via a user-friendly Google Maps interface. This planner is part of the Cycling in Cities program, based at UBC’s School of Population & Public Health and the School of Environmental Health.The tool allows cyclists to find routes that fit personal preferences, such as distance, elevation gain, air quality and vegetation. The underlying code for the route planner can also be easily adapted to other municipalities wishing to embark on similar projects.

Despite a very short lead time, the Library received 37 strong applications for this first Award round. The Library's Scholarly Communications Steering Committee, which adjudicated the entries, was highly impressed by the quality of the submissions from faculty, students and staff from all over campus, and astounded by the level and array of innovative and creative approaches to disseminating knowledge on our campus.

University Librarian, Ingrid Parent, awarded Professor Michael Brauer with the UBC Library's Innovative Dissemination of Research Award on March 11, 2010, at the Celebrate Research Week Gala event.