REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) together with the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently launched the “Climate Tagger”. The tool automatically scans, labels, sorts and catalogues data and document collections, which help knowledge-driven organizations that address climate and development challenges, streamline sources of information and associate with the wider climate knowledge community.
This mechanism has evolved from the well-known Reegle Tagging API, which was introduced in 2011 and has been tested and proven to be reliable. The new tool is integrating different previously dispersed modules and is now more user-friendly, as well as easier to install.
But that is not all; the tool is being further developed and updated to accommodate needs of users and respond to changing circumstances.
Now, previous users who started in the era of the Reegle Tagging API and newcomers enjoy an extended and further developed version of the Climate Compatible Development Thesaurus. This thesaurus has been developed in close collaboration with experts in various fields; it’s expertly interwoven hierarchical and relational structure of concepts in these fields is what backs the Climate Tagger and the Reegle Tagging API.
What does this mean for existing or potential Climate Tagger users?
This update means that existing and potential users of the Climate Tagger enjoy more precise tagging of content that covers the fields of “Economics of Adaptation” and “GHG Emissions in Industry.”
This improvement of the thesaurus is particularly relevant for the field of Climate Compatible Development, the concept of development that “minimizes the harm caused by climate impacts, while maximising the many human development opportunities presented by a low emissions, more resilient, future” (source: http://cdkn.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/CDKN-CCD-Planning_english.pdf). The concept is built around the idea that implications of climate change impose obligation on policy makers to work on new strategies that address simultaneously the dilemma of economic growth, building resilience and cutting emissions (source: http://cdkn.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/CDKN-CCD-Planning_english.pdf).
The new extensions mirror topics related to development, mitigation and adaptation that are core in Climate Compatible Development.
New tags in the area of Economics of Adaptation cover economic analysis; impact on systems and sectors such as agriculture, human health, transport and infrastructure; adaptation options and socioeconomic analysis. The GHG Emissions in Industry extension contains tags in the area of policy instruments and measures, management of GHG in industry, GHG inventory and industrial energy use.
To see all options available for this field check: http://www.reegle.info/glossary/tree. Economics of Adaptation can be found under the Climate Compatible Development Glossary -> Climate Change Adaptation; while GHG Emissions in Industry is in the same section of the glossary under Climate Change Mitigation.
Content published in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and German and tagged in an appropriate way can be connected among portals that use the Climate Tagger Content Pool, which facilitates sharing climate knowledge while helping to avoid duplication. All this makes work in the climate community more effective and collaborative.
If you do not use the Climate Tagger yet you can easily install the Climate Tagger for Drupal Plugin (https://www.drupal.org/project/climate_tagger), enabling automatic tagging of your content based on a specialized thesaurus. If you are not using Drupal, you can install the Climate Tagger functionality through your web developers and discuss with REEEP should there be any questions – these instructions can be found through the Climate Tagger website: http://www.climatetagger.net/. If you already enjoy advantages of the Climate Tagger, ensure that you are fully benefiting from that tool by using the newest version of the thesaurus!
If you have any questions about the Climate Tagger and Climate Compatible Development Thesaurus extensions please contact Quinn.email@example.com.