Using the Climate Web
The Climate Web is built with TheBrain® software, a powerful but easy to use knowledge management software. If you’ve ever used Mindmaps, you’ll recognize the idea behind TheBrain® software — although it’s much more powerful than Mindmaps. The learning curve for the Climate Web is short. By spending just a few minutes, you can get a lot more value out of it. Here’s all you need to know:
- The Climate Web links together thousands of individual “thoughts.”
- “Thumbnail graphics” (to the far left of many thoughts) expand to easily readable size by hovering your mouse over them for 1-3 seconds.
- Click anywhere else on a “thought,” and you’ll see any thoughts linked to it (“children” below, “parents” above, or “siblings” to the left). You may also see thoughts to the right that derive from parent thoughts.
- When you are in the Climate Web, at the bottom of your screen you’ll see the Notes Field for the thought centered on your screen. URLs, PDFs, or videos associated with the thought are located there. You can expand the Notes Field (for video viewing) or shrink it down by grabbing and moving the gray bar separating the Notes Field from the rest of the “plex.” The Notes Field can be closed (and opened) with the small arrows at the bottom of the screen if you need to maximize the “plex” (useful with certain Climate Web dashboards).
- If you feel lost, you can “back up” using the breadcrumb trail of activated thoughts at the bottom of your screen (just above the Notes field), or your browser’s back-up button. You can return to the Climate Web’s HOME screen at any time by clicking on the HOME thought which is always at the top left of your screen.
- The INDEX and SEARCH thoughts at the upper left explain those functions. A video explaining how to most effectively use the Climate Web Index is available here.
- These basic navigation tips are always available via the HELP thought at the upper left. Clicking on that thought leads you to a HELP video, and tips and tricks for using Climate Web on iOS devices.
- Doorways into the Climate Web offer you a powerful way to specifically access the information of most relevance to you in the Climate Web. Here’s a video explaining how to use Doorways:
That’s really all there is to it! The Climate Web is a massive resource. To take full advantage of the more than 15,000 hours we’ve spent building the Climate Web, you may want to access our upcoming Climate Web courses at Ruzuku — take a look at our Courses page here. For more insight into how to maximize the value of the Climate Web, we recommend our free course series, Plugging Into the Climate Web. Check back often for more info on those courses, or drop us a line to be notified as soon as they’re available.