The Climate Web, whether accessed directly through Webbrain or through Climate Spotlights, uses the same navigation rules throughout. A basic understanding of those rules is important, since the Climate Web is such a large and inter-connected climate knowledge system. The rules are easy to learn, making it possible to productively explore the Climate Web for hours or to find specific things quickly.
The Climate Web is simple to use, but it does have a short learning curve. The Climate Web Help Video below is a great place to start! Listen to a short introduction to the Climate Web. Walk through a hands-on training session for using the software. Take a look at videos explaining features and uses of the Climate Web, or even an in-depth webinar. By spending just a few minutes now, you can get a lot more value out of the Climate Web.
Basic Windows navigation tips are always available in the upper left of your screen. The most important:
- Hovering over any “thumbnail graphic” to the left in Climate Web “thoughts” for 1-3 seconds will expand that graphic to an easily readable size. We use these pop-ups extensively in the Climate Web to show all kinds of graphical and text material.
- Clicking on the HELP button at the top left of your screen will lead you to other Help screens, including tips and tricks for using Climate Web on iOS devices. The software is challenging to use on an iPhone, but works well on an iPad.
- The Notes Field at the bottom of your screen (which can be opened and closed with the arrows at the bottom of the screen) is where PDFs and URLs can be accessed, if present, and where we may have citations and other information. We generally use the pop-up thumbnails to communicate information, rather than the Notes Field, so you can keep it closed unless looking for attachments and links.
- It is possible to feel lost when exploring the Climate Web for the first time. Remember that you can always return to the HOME and INDEX anchor points using the thoughts at the top of your screen. You can return to the original view in any Climate Spotlight through the link just below the Spotlight on your screen. The Climate Web also “remembers” your last several thought clicks — at the bottom of your screen you will see a “ribbon” of thoughts you have recently visited. Click on any of them to back up. You can also use the “Back” key in your browser to retrace your steps.
- To search the Climate Web, you can work your way through its various layers, use the Search Function (see SEARCH at top left), or use the Index (see INDEX at top left). The Index encompasses close to 1,000 Index Terms, so is a great way to get pointed to specific materials.
Below we point you to a few video resources specific to better understanding and accessing the Climate Web. Click on any link to go directly to that video. Watching the videos in HD and full screen works best given the content.
- How to research your own topics in the Climate Web (4 minutes)
- Climatographer webinar on using the Climate Web as a knowledge management tool (45 minutes)
This 4-minute video demonstrates how to research your own topic in the Climate Web.
This video 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 “Big Thinkers” series hosted by TheBrain® software developers.