The Climate Web’s Knowledgebase category provides a different way of organizing topical information. Unlike documents and news stories that are organized by date, the Knowledgebase organizes information only by topic. All sorts of information can end up in a specific Knowledgebase topic, often after being extracted from documents and news stories: figures, tables, text, quotes, pictures, and anything else specifically related to a topic. The source documents or news stories themselves remain organized elsewhere in the Climate Web. Anything placed in the Knowledgebase should have links back to the source material, making it easy to trace back.
The goal of Knowledgebase headings in the Climate Web can be seen in the adjacent Spotlight focused on the K – Impacts by Degree heading. Many people are interested in climate change impacts degree by degree; the question has been addressed in a wide range of documents, videos, and other materials. But it’s a challenge for a user to find that information without poring through dozens of sources. One goal of the Climate Web is to make this information more immediately accessible.
K – Impacts by Degree currently includes more than 30 examples of tables, figures, and other ways of exploring th climate impacts by degree of climate change. These 30 examples pull together many “impact by degree” visualizations (sources are referenced in the Notes field; examples are usually directly linked to their source).
If you click on the K – Impacts by Degree thought, you’ll see that it is just one of almost 20 Knowledgebase sub-topics under Climate Change Impacts. Each sub-topic contains just a few to many dozen specific pieces of information. The 400 Knowledgebase headings and sub-headings enable users to find thousands of specific pieces of information. Users can quickly explore what many authors and reports are saying about a specific topic or how they are visualizing that topic. It also makes it easy to quickly go back to the source document for more information.
We have only scratched the surface of what the Climate Web’s Knowledgebase will ultimately contain. It is already a unique resource, however, for users interested in particular topics rather than in particular reports or organizations. Our goal is to make it possible for individuals to find specific pieces of information and actionable knowledge that they might otherwise entirely overlook, even if the information does exist on the Internet. How much easier does this make it for individuals to find actionable knowledge they need? How much can the Climate Web’s Knowledgebase work accelerate the broader dissemination of critical climate change learning?
Knowledgebase Spotlights like the one shown here can be embedded into any website. 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 to materials within the Spotlight, even to materials not specifically shown in the Spotlight but present somewhere else in the Climate Web.
If how we’re organizing topical materials could benefit your own work, consider supporting the Climatographers to specifically build out that topic within the Climate Web’s Knowledgebase. If how we’re organizing such materials benefits you in other ways, consider contributing to our work.