Connecting Global and Local:Using Open Data to Convey Climate Change Risks,Responsibilities and Mitigation & Adaptation Op...
Problems   Lowest ice levels in history
Problems           Human Impact
ProblemsComplex social & environmental challenge
Problems     Public engagement with climate changeClimate change    requires diverse actions by people around the worldHow...
informsmotivates by  connecting
Next steps• Focus groups of experts• Re-design• Build second version• User testing with school pupils
Conclusions•   Communicating climate change is central to making individual    and social changes for mitigation•   The ra...
Some caveats•   Environmental info better integrated into generally useful    interactive tools for work, education, or in...
…some more caveats• With hackathons and app competitions need to achieve  the other sort of sustainable development• Visua...
Further research interestsHow can open knowledge, the Web and ICTs          help roll-out renewables for international dev...
References•   Townsend, J. et al. (2012) “Open Knowledge Festival Sustainability Stream Recap”,    http://openeconomics.ne...
Thank you@JackTownsend_
Connecting Global and Local: Using Open Data to Convey Climate Change Risks, Responsibilities and Mitigation & Adaptation...
Connecting Global and Local: Using Open Data to Convey Climate Change Risks, Responsibilities and Mitigation & Adaptation...
Connecting Global and Local: Using Open Data to Convey Climate Change Risks, Responsibilities and Mitigation & Adaptation...
Connecting Global and Local: Using Open Data to Convey Climate Change Risks, Responsibilities and Mitigation & Adaptation...
Connecting Global and Local: Using Open Data to Convey Climate Change Risks, Responsibilities and Mitigation & Adaptation...
Connecting Global and Local: Using Open Data to Convey Climate Change Risks, Responsibilities and Mitigation & Adaptation...
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Connecting Global and Local: Using Open Data to Convey Climate Change Risks, Responsibilities and Mitigation & Adaptation Opportunities

  1. 1. Connecting Global and Local:Using Open Data to Convey Climate Change Risks,Responsibilities and Mitigation & Adaptation Opportunities @JackTownsend_
  2. 2. Problems Lowest ice levels in history
  3. 3. Problems Human Impact
  4. 4. ProblemsComplex social & environmental challenge
  5. 5. Problems Public engagement with climate changeClimate change requires diverse actions by people around the worldHowever to act effectively, people need to be Hoffman (2011) well informed about the challenge (often not) motivated to act - can seem far away in time & place
  6. 6. informsmotivates by connecting
  7. 7. Next steps• Focus groups of experts• Re-design• Build second version• User testing with school pupils
  8. 8. Conclusions• Communicating climate change is central to making individual and social changes for mitigation• The rapidly growing resource of open data online provides an excellent foundation for communication• Stories and imagery of significance to the user are much more powerful than “dry” number and facts (Lakoff, “personal frames”)• Interactive visualizations empower the user to draw their own stories from the data, along with meaningful imagery.• Open innovation competitions and hackathons are an effective way to generate novel visualization projects
  9. 9. Some caveats• Environmental info better integrated into generally useful interactive tools for work, education, or interest. – Avoid engaging only with those who already have an interest – Likely to give users reason to keep coming back.• Sustainable development is highly complex and inherent tensions and trade-offs need to be communicated
  10. 10. …some more caveats• With hackathons and app competitions need to achieve the other sort of sustainable development• Visualisations and open data can create accidental false impressions, or be used misleadingly• The whole global public does not have access to visualization technologies = the digital divide
  11. 11. Further research interestsHow can open knowledge, the Web and ICTs help roll-out renewables for international development?Forming & maintaining groupsCoordinating and informing organisationsEnergy type and site selectionAccessing and servicing financePurchasingLearning/ accessing expertiseSystem status and impact monitoringIntelligent distribution networks
  12. 12. References• Townsend, J. et al. (2012) “Open Knowledge Festival Sustainability Stream Recap”, http://openeconomics.net/2012/10/06/okfestival-sustainability-stream-recap/• World Bank Climate Change Knowledge Portal, http://sdwebx.worldbank.org/climateportal/index.cfm• G Lakoff (2010), “Why it matters how we frame the environment”, Environmental Communication, Taylor & Francis.• AJ. Hoffman (2011), “Sociology: The growing climate divide” ,Nature Climate Change• O’Neill, S., & Boykoff, M. (2009). The Role of New Media In Engaging the Public With Climate Change”, Lakeland.• Rosling, H. (2007). “Visual technology unveils the beauty of statistics and swaps policy from dissemination to access.” Statistical Journal of the IAOS• ER Tufte, PR Graves-Morris (1983), “The visual display of quantitative information” @JackTownsend_
  13. 13. Thank you@JackTownsend_

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