FAQ 1: The search function doesn’t seem to work!
Answer: You’re right. We found out from TheBrain people today that the “Search” button in the Webbrain version of the software doesn’t do anything! You can search for text that would appear in any of the “thoughts.” Just type the word or words and a list of thoughts will pop up soon thereafter. If you click on something in that list you’ll go to that thought. But don’t click on the “Search” button. The instant lookup list will disappear! Additional Note: The search function in the desktop version of the software is much more powerful, since it indexes all of the documents in the Climate Web. Hopefully the Webbrain software version will improve. The alternative is to create a customized Climate Web that would actually reside on your desktop.
FAQ2: What if I find something that looks private?
Answer: There are some materials in the Climate Web (notes, emails, etc.) that aren’t intended to be accessible to users. We’ve generally marked them as “private” which means they don’t show up to most users. But if you come across something where we missed a note that seems like it ought to be private because it contains something that might be confidential, please point it out to us and we’ll correct it immediately.
FAQ3: Why are there a bunch of thoughts just floating on my screen, not linked to anything?
Answer: In preparing the Climate Web for Beta Users we classified a lot of people’s names as “Private” (and thus invisible to you) until we can go through and double-check to make sure there’s no confidential information associated with the name. What that means is that thoughts attached to that person’s name (publications they’ve authored etc.) might show up if you instant search the right word, but won’t be linked to the parent thought (the author’s name). This result will disappear as we work our way through the couple of thousand names. Bear with us.
FAQ4: Aren’t a lot of the materials in the Climate Web copyrighted?
Answer: Yes. As we evaluate how to deploy the Climate Web we’ll be working through the IP issue in more detail. We have talked to an IP attorney who believes that what we’re doing with the information in the Climate Web is so different and so original that we’re protected by copyright laws. That said, it’s something we will be very careful with. As Beta Users you are probably seeing materials that won’t be there when and if we go to a more public version of the Climate Web. Documents that sit only behind paywalls, for example, will be removed from the Climate Web (at least the PDFs themselves will be removed, we’ll still have the reference). Will all the political cartoons remain? We don’t know. They are all available on the web to anyone willing to search for them, but we’ll have to see how careful we ultimately need to be to avoid any legal problems.
FAQ5: How can I add materials to the Climate Web that I don’t think are there?
Answer: Feel free to pass along documents or URLs that you think we should add to the Climate Web. As “Readers” there’s no way to add them directly yourself, but we’re happy to do so. Please note that if sending documents it will be a lot easier for us if you name them with the naming convention we use throughout the Climate Web.
Year LastNameofFirstAuthor_Full Document Title Exactly as it Reads.
This convention makes it much easier to search the Climate Web for documents that might already be present.
FAQ6: I’ve forgotten how I initially gained access to the Climate Web?
Answer: If you go to www.thebrain.com and “login,” using the email address and the password you used the first time, the Climate Web will be there on your home page.