How many organizations are conducting work that can contribute to actionable knowledge on climate change? Many. Unless it happens to be your topic of expertise, however, how likely are you to run across more than a few of the organizations that might be generating the kinds of actionable knowledge you could use? With thousands of organizations out there, not very likely. As we continue to develop the Climate Web, we come across new organizations doing useful climate-relevant work every day, even years after we started collecting them.
WHAT IF you could find the organizations of most relevance to your knowledge needs, and access their work much more easily? What if you could find them organized by topic, or find them through their publications or staff members? How much more actionable knowledge might you be able to find.
The Institute for Policy Integrity is one of some 1,500 organizations that the Climate Web specifically references. It is typical in that we’ve organized much of its most climate-relevant work into the Climate Web, along with selected staff members. As you can see in the attached Spotlight, and by comparing it to the Example Individual Spotlight, more can be done to integrate such an organization into the Climate Web. But it’s a start. Our goal is to do the same and more for many other organizations. It’s a way to make that organizational expertise and knowledge more accessible for the larger objective of dealing with climate change, and to help users of the Climate Web find those organizations that might be most relevant to their needs.
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 a level to see the sampling of organizations integrated into the Climate Web’s Index. You can also see how we’ve topically linked the organization (in this case T – Public Policy). The “T” signifies it’s part of the Networking section of the Climate Web. Clicking on that heading will point you to more organizations. You can keep going up from there to get to larger Networking categories of T – CC Decisionmaking, or the Public Policy Deep Dive.
- In this case there are no Jump Thoughts to the left of the main thought, but in some cases you might see one or more Jump Thoughts located here.
- Going down a level takes you into the organization’s publications and staff. Each of the Institute’s referenced documents are listed by year and title, with a pop-up screenshot of the document’s cover. You won’t see filled-in green circles under most of the documents; this indicates that there are not yet any subsidiary thoughts under those documents. Clicking on a document thought will show (above) which source categories this document is linked to in the Climate Web. 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.
If how we’re assembling organization-related materials could benefit your own organization, consider supporting the Climatographers to specifically build out your organization’s corner of the Climate Web. If how we’re organizing such materials benefits you in other ways consider contributing to our work.
You can search for your organization 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.