The Climate Web is built with TheBrain® software, a powerful but easy to use knowledge management software. If you’ve ever used Mindmaps, you’ll recognize the idea behind TheBrain® software — although it’s much more powerful than Mindmaps. The learning curve for the Climate Web is short. By spending just a few minutes, you can get a lot more value out of it. Here’s all you need to know:
- The Climate Web links together thousands of individual “thoughts.”
- Expand to easily readable size any “thumbnail graphics” (to the far left of many thoughts) by hovering your mouse over it for 1-3 seconds.
- Click anywhere else on a “thought” to center it on your screen, and you’ll see any thoughts linked to it (“children” below, “parents” above, or “siblings” to the left). You may also see thoughts to the right that derive from parent thoughts.
- When you are in the Climate Web, at the bottom of your screen you’ll see the Notes Field for the thought centered on your screen. URLs, PDFs, or videos associated with the thought are located there. You can expand the Notes Field (for video viewing) or shrink it down by grabbing and moving the gray bar separating the Notes Field from the rest of the “plex.” The Notes Field can be closed (and opened) with the small arrows at the bottom of the screen if you need to maximize the “plex” (useful with certain Climate Web dashboards).
- If you feel lost, you can “back up” using the breadcrumb trail of activated thoughts at the bottom of your screen (just above the Notes field), or your browser’s back-up button. You can return to the Climate Web’s HOME screen at any time.
- The INDEX and SEARCH thoughts at the upper left explain those functions.
- These basic navigation tips are always available via the HELP thought at the upper left. Clicking on that thought leads you to a HELP video, and tips and tricks for using Climate Web on iOS devices.
For those who really want to get into it, the video below is a recording of a 45-minute webinar exploring the use of knowledge management tools for getting one’s head around wicked problems, using the Climate Web as a model. The webinar was part of the “Big Thinkers” series hosted by the TheBrain® software developers.
That’s really all there is to it! The Climate Web is a massive resource. To take full advantage of the more than 15,000 hours we’ve spent building the Climate Web, you may want to access our upcoming Climate Web courses at Ruzuku. Check back here often for more info on those courses, or drop us a line to be notified as soon as they’re available.