The goal of the Climate Web is to facilitate access to “actionable knowledge.” That means helping users find specific kinds of information that will help them influence their thinking and decisions or the thinking and decisions of others that a user may be working with or trying to influence.
The Climate Web’s goal is to help access actionable knowledge, but it’s an elusive goal. That’s because each of us may require different pieces of information to influence our thinking. Depending on our family situations, political affiliations, age, education levels, and other variables, we may each need different information to answer the key “is it worth it?” and “can I do it?” questions for ourselves. That, in turn, suggests an almost infinite variety of pathways between Climate Web users and potentially actionable knowledge.
You can readily see what we are working towards when it comes to Actionable Knowledge in the Spotlight embedded on this page. The Spotlight identifies user categories of users and lists potential information needs and objectives for each user category. From there, users can go to specific places in the Climate Web. They can extract specific information, or they can link to outside resources that help respond to their individual needs. It’s a massive job, however! The Climate Web’s knowledgebase is broad and deep enough to make this possible, but our current resources don’t allow us to more than scratch the surface of where we can go with a technology like the Climate Web.