How many individuals are doing work that can contribute to actionable knowledge on climate change? Thousands. Unless it happens to be your field of expertise, how easy is it to find out who is working on what aspect of that actionable knowledge? How easy is it to discover what different experts might have had to say about a specific topic? How easy is it to access more work by an individual author you found interesting?
While none of these things are impossible, they are also not easy to achieved without spending hours of research time.
WHAT IF authors, their work, key thinking, organizational affiliations, and more could be organized and linked together for rapid access? How much deeper into their work might you be able to go? How much more informed might relevant decisions be?
Dr. Susanne Moser is one of a couple of thousand experts specifically referenced in the Climate Web. Her Climate Web presence is relatively unusual in that we’ve collected a significant fraction of her work in the Climate Web. We have gone through most of that work to extract key points and ideas and to link them into the larger Climate Web. Our goal is to do the same for many other experts. It’s a way to take better advantage of that expertise for the larger objective of dealing with climate change and to help users of the Climate Web find specific experts and their larger body of work.
This kind of Spotlight can be embedded into any website to feature or point to a particular organization, topic, or report. We can size Spotlights differently in terms of size of the Frame within with the Spotlight sits. (Sample frame sizes can be seen here). Hyperlinks can be used on the webpage to guide users around a Spotlight, even to materials not specifically shown in the Spotlight.
Here we’ll briefly explain how to use the Spotlight.
- Go up to find organizational affiliations, as well as groups we’ve assigned the person to (in this case T – Adapt Individuals). The “T” signifies it’s part of the Networking section of the Climate Web. Clicking on that heading will open up a long list of relevant experts. You can keep going up from there to get to larger Networking categories of T – CC Adaptation (which includes organizational and other links) and Climate Web Individuals by Topic (which shows all the groupings by which the Climate Web organizes experts).
- Going sideways is a bit of wildcard. In this case, it points you to the fact that Susanne Moser is included in the Climate Web Index (going up from that thought will take you to the entire group of included individuals). It also points you to the fact that Susanne had extensive involvement with the National Climate Assessment (going down that path opens up a larger part of the Climate Web).
- Going down takes you into Susanne’s authored reports. In most cases, we only link to articles for which a particular individual is the lead author (if there are multiple authors). Otherwise, we would greatly complicate the already complex web of links. We’re working to come up with ways to point to the larger body of a person’s work without further complicating the visual interface.
- Each of Susanne’s referenced documents is indicated by year and title, with a pop-up screenshot of the document’s cover. You’ll see filled-in green circles under most of her documents; this indicates that there are subsidiary thoughts. Clicking on a document thought will show (above) which source categories this document is part of in the Climate Web, and (below) which thoughts we’ve extracted. If the document is publicly available, you will likely see a PDF unless it’s more than 5MB (in which case we store it outside the Climate Web). If it’s not publicly available, that should be indicated by a $$ at the end of the thought; there may or may not be a link to where you can find the document for purchase.
- Each thought that we have extracted from a particular document may be in use (looking up) to help answer a Question elsewhere in the Climate Web, or it may simply link to a Knowledge Base topic. For more information on Knowledge Base topics, see the Sample Knowledge Base Spotlight.
If how we’re organizing the work of climate change experts like Susanne Moser will save you time, consider contributing to our work through PayPal. If you’re a climate change expert, feel free to search for yourself in the Climate Web — Search Tips are always at the top left of your screen. Feel free to send us additional materials you think ought to be included in the Climate Web.