How you want to use this site is up to you. These notes are intended to help you decide how to use it, and to help you use it efficiently.
We also want to help you to contribute to the site in ways that make your efforts the most useful possible for those who will follow the paths and pursue the resources you provide.
You can play one or more of the following roles on this site:
- Visitor using the information and links to Library documents and to Web Resources but not registering and contributing to the information on the site.
- Member who Registers on the site in order to be able to Comment on the materials available and to Contribute to the collections in the Library and Web Resources sections
- State Legislator – a feature not yet available – that will be for any Member who is also a sitting state legislator and wants to participate in the Policy Forums open only to legislators.
Here’s some information on how to play each role
Our Basic Economics Guidance materials are for anyone wanting to know more economics – and more about the economics of climate change. The Legislators’ Tools are intended to help the people who pass our laws to examine more critically and understand better the data and analysis put before them – but, if they work, they will make anyone a more careful reader of seemingly objective evidence.
The Search function on the upper right will search the entire site, including the guidance materials and tools, for words or a phrase. After a first scan, you will be able to specify if you want to search on All the words, Any of the words, or on an Exact Phrase.
What’s a bit more complicated is the information on the resources to which we have linked on the site, the documents and websites we – and the Members of this site – have collected and described for others. So here’s a quick guide.
For All Resources:
- The Search function on the upper right when you go to the Library or Web Resources has an Advanced Search option that allows you to specify authors, organizations, URLs, readability, accessibility, geographic focus or any of the other attributes of the documents and sites collected at ClimateChangeEcon. But this search will be limited to the links, excluding on-site documents.
- Searching for information on individual States can be tricky since the two-letter abbreviations will come up as many different words if you just enter them alone. In loading materials for this site, the Administrators have used a slightly varied abbreviation: two letters, followed by a period (in other words, Kentucky would be “KY.” - not just “KY”). So search with that extra period.
- There are a number of different Categories into which resources have been sorted. Many of the resources are cross-referenced and appear in more than one category, but it still pays to search by category.
- It is especially important to look at all the Categories in the Climate Change Library, since there are many different Subcategories in which materials may be placed – and viewing the whole list of categories and subcategories will require you to scroll down the opening Library page.
- The Title of any document or web site (underlined and bolded) is a Hot Link, so clicking on it will open up a new Tab showing you what you asked to see.
- The Descriptions may be longer than the limited number of lines you see at first.
- Clicking on the “Read More” button at the end of the Description will give you the Details page about the document or website, including the rest of the Description if it was abbreviated.
- At the bottom of the Details page, you also get three additional buttons you can use:
- “Offer a Comment” – on the item or the description (which you can only do if you are a Member)
- “Recommend by E-mail” – so you can tell someone else about a resource you found
- “Report a Problem Link or URL” – which allows you to tell use there is a problem with the link or site on which the resource is supposed to exist.
Climate Change Library documents have information to help you decide if they are worth checking out.
- Author(s), Publisher on the lines just after the Description (Date is on the Details page)
- Objectives – what the paper or article is trying to show or provide
- Geofocus – the geographic focus of the document – what part of the globe is it about or does it examine.
- Readability, with everything rated as For Economists, For Specialist Analysts and/or For the Public. Sometimes more than one rating is offered. That means either that someone can skip the more detailed analytical or theatrical content and still get something out of the document or that it was written for a more general audience but contains appendices or footnote explanations for the specialists and economists.
- Accessibility, which is revealed after you ask to Read More, and which tells you if the document is readily available, whether you have to register to get it, or it is only available for a fee.
Web Resources listings include a Description, plus other aspects of the websites.
- The Host of the site, if it is a specialized section of the site and it is not obvious
- The Type of Host – nonprofit, for-profit, government, and so on …
- Site Offerings, including research reports, blogs, news items, listservs, sales, and other elements
- A Read More button to see the web Details page and more site features
Lessons from Experience listings are not yet available.
They will be posted when materials that do not only describe past experiences, but extract lessons on their applicability in different contexts are reviewed and descriptions prepared by the site project research team. Others after the team has completed some studies of US state policy initiatives.
Some lessons and descriptions of policy implementation experiences already exist in the Library collection and others are cited in materials on the websites. You can search for them.
The intent for the limited collection of resources to be classified as “lessons” is very narrow and standards are high. We will screen and write to include only those cases that permit decision makers in a variety of different policy contexts to look at others’ experiences and determine their applicability to their specific environmental, political and socio-economic situations.
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Members will not be bothered with regular e-mails from this site or its administrators. Registration is mainly to enable you to contribute links to your documents and websitess to the website. (As you register, please also make sure you have collected information on the protocols for links from this site in the section for Visitors above.)
Once you have registered or logged in after registering, you will be able to contribute to this site in three ways:
- You can Comment on any of the listings in the Library and the Web Resources collections. Please remember that problems with links, evidence of bias or distortions of materials in postings by others can be reported as Problems off the Details page you reach after clicking on “Read More.” So use the Comment field as a place for discussion, not for addressing problems with listings.
- You can Add a Listing under any category or subcategory in the Library or Web Resources. (The “Add a Listing” hotlink is on the upper right when you click on a Category for Web Resources or Subcategory for the Library.)
- You can Edit any Listing you personally made in the past (you will see a blue “Edit” button next to your listings whenever you scan past them when you are logged in).
The Listing process is straightforward, with the fields associated with either a document or a web site provided to you. Some fields permit more than one entry (for “objectives” on documents, or for “features” for websites, for example), but others allow only one, so check your options.
Remember the problem with State abbreviations: if you want to help people find materials about specific states, use the same convention as the Site Administrators explained for Visitors above: two letters, followed by a period (in other words, Kentucky would be “KY.” - not just “KY”). So use that extra period in your Descriptions of your documents or web resources.
Cross-listing is the most complicated process – but it is critical to making your listing as useful as possible to other users of this site. The procedure is as follows:
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The Legislators’ Tools section contains materials for your use. If you are new to the site, you might want to start with “GETTING STARTED WITH CLIMATE CHANGE ECONOMICS.” It tells you more about this site, but it also offers some direct links to documents that will help you get oriented if you are new to the issue of the economics of climate change.
You also should note that you can use the Search functions to look for documents and website that have data about your state. (Some of this material may be the programs and legislation you and your colleagues have already passed, but there is a lot more than that.)
** To Search for your State **
You can use the full name of your state.
Many documents and sites use the 2-letter abbreviation, so you should use that, too.
But searching on the letters “NY” will get you all entries using the word “many”!
So we’re adding a “period” or “dot” after the letters when we post items.
Search on “NY.” – even better, add a space before the letters and the dot: “ NY.”
OUR APOLOGIES: The Policy Forum facilities are not yet available. We expect to have them for you by early January.
You will need to Register as a Member before you can get access to the screen for requesting access to the Forum, so you may want to Register now in any case. (Becoming a Member also means you could then post documents from your state you may wish to share with others.)
When you request access to the Forum, your credentials will be checked to make sure you are a state legislator. (Non-Legislators who are Members, please note: requesting access when that option becomes available will not get you to the forums, so please do not try to gain that privilege.)
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