One of the prime purposes of the CKB Group is to encourage closer collaboration between climate knowledge brokers. Seven collaborative projects have been undertaken with support from CDKN. Substantial progress has been made, a range of innovative tools and approaches that have been developed, and some important lessons learned in the process. Highlights are presented below.
|Climate Tagger||REEEP (lead)with SEI, IDS & OpenEI supported by CTCN||Climate Tagger is a suite of tools to help knowledge-driven organizations in the climate and development arenas streamline and catalogue their data and information resources, and connect them to the wider climate knowledge community.Climate Tagger utilizes Linked Open Data, and is based on the tried-and-true Climate Tagger API, first introduced by REEEP in 2011, and backed by the expansive Climate Compatible Development Thesaurus, compiled with the help of experts in fields ranging from climate mitigation and adaptation to economy and green growth, and even specific sub-sectors.|
|Knowledge Navigator||IDS (lead) with AKP, CCCCC & REEEP||An interactive tool that guides users to the most suitable website for them. It has 103 initiatives included in its database and is now live via a demonstration site, and available to install free of charge as a widget on your own site. See Climate Search to see it in operation.|
|Climate Tagger API (originally reegle tagging API)||REEEP (lead)with SEI, IDS &OpenEI||The Climate Tagger API extracts meaningful terms from documents and provides suggestions on tags and related documents based on a specially-developed thesaurus of relevant terms. The API is in use on several websites, and is ready to deploy on others.|
|User-oriented analysis of online knowledge broker platforms||IISD (lead) with IDS, AfricaAdapt & UNDP||A detailed survey was conducted of four different CKB user communities to understand ‘what do users actually want, and what are they willing to share?’ and develop success factors that will help platforms align better with their users’ habits and preferences. The full report & summary are available on the IISD website. Anne Hammill’s workshop presentation can be found here, or see this blog article for highlights.|
|Linking down-scaled climate information & adaptation analyses to community-based adaptation projects||SEI (lead) with CSAG & AfricaAdapt||Created closer links and integration between three related portals with quite different content and focus: the Climate Information Portal, weADAPT and AfricaAdapt. Two hands-on ‘user labs’ provided key insights into what users are looking for. Ben Smith’s workshop presentation can be found CKBGroup/2013_Workshop_and_Resources.|
|Linking stakeholders to integrated climate change data||CSAG (lead) with UK Climate Impacts Programme & NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory||Focused on integrating heterogeneous and globally distributed information sources and tailoring data into relevant content that can be communicated in a way that allows stakeholders to find and make sense of sector-specific knowledge. The improved CIP website is now live. See this blog article on lessons learned in communicating uncertainty, and the need to engage directly with decision makers.|
|InfoAmazonia Geojournalism Project||Internews (lead) with O Eco||New website set up which overlays satellite imagery, aerial photographs and maps of the Amazon basin, with research data and citizen and journalist reporting on what is happening on the ground. The resulting narratives, maps and data visualisations can then be shared, so they reappear on other websites and media platforms. TheInfoamazonia website is now live and has attracted over 21,000 visitors in the nine months since it was launched. This blog article explains the thinking behind the project.|
|Valorando Naturaleza: Reporting on ecosystems markets in Latin America||Ecosystems Marketplace (lead) with SPDA||A new web platform to support journalistic reporting in Latin America on how ecosystems markets can provide a powerful tool in the effort to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 35 organisations are now submitting content. The website had 8,600 visitors in its first three months.|
Further details on all these projects can be found on the CDKN website.