Debategraph: Copenhagen - what's happening?

Monday 07 December 2009 16:06
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During the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, we will be using Debategraph as a new kind of global citizen reporting tool to help people around the world make sense collectively of what's happening and not happening at the UN conference.

The process builds on The Independent’s existing cluster of climate change maps, and over the next 11 days mapping teams will be reporting on both the proceedings at COP15 and its civil society counterpart Klimaforum09.

The climate maps already cover over a thousand arguments on everything from climategate, the perceived threats from climate change, the options for reducing the human impact on the climate, and the obstacles to a negotiated agreement.

You can follow the updates on the map below and contribute your own reports and ideas to the process here.

As before, the maps are like wikis – the whole structure is provisional, and open to further iterative improvement – and everyone can add new points and comments to the maps.

The aim is to weave all of the salient issues, positions and arguments into a single rich, transparent structure – in which each idea and argument is expressed just once – so that anyone can explore quickly, rate and gain a clear sense of the perceived merits of the different ideas.

You can move around the map by clicking on the spheres: clicking on the smallest coloured spheres takes you deeper into an argument, clicking on the largest sphere takes you back up.

To contribute to the map click here or on the “+ button” below the map. There’s a quick video overview of the process here.

As with the other maps in the series you can you can keep up to date with developments on this map via the Independent Minds blog and @TheIndyDebate on Twitter. And you are welcome to embed the map on your own website or blog (like a Google map) using the code shown below:

<iframe src='http://debategraph.org/flash/fv_indep.aspx?r=35600&sc=small' frameborder='0' width='490' height='500' scrolling='no'></iframe>

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