by Judith Curry
There has been considerable interesting discussion on the previous thread. I plan to follow up with thread on verification and validation of climate models, and am pondering how to deal with explaining the greenhouse effect. On this thread, I would like to see discussion on this thread focus on the following:
• Establish an information system with climate data records, that include both raw and processed data sets with uncertainty estimates and the supporting documentation to explain the processing and uncertainty assessment. The data should be easily accessible and searchable with ontologies and semantic search.
• Figure out how to better use the blogosphere to enable large-scale collective intelligence to address the scientific challenges, including open source and crowd source.
On the previous thread, BlueIce2HotSea made submitted a provocative idea, that is related to the idea of semantic web:
By using selectable criteria, any given combination of perspective, category, poster and rankings could be used to filter posts.
Another plus is that posters with a political rating of say, ‘irrelevant troll’ might have limited posting abilities on technical threads. This would allow for some spicy disruption of intelligent, civil discussion, but not a complete derailment. If a troll’s comment happens to be relevant, an appropriate poster could extend a troll’s comment limit for that thread, etc.
To make this work, registered posters would need the ability to rank themselves and other posters in a variety of categories. Individual posts and sub-threads would be also rankable.
I wonder how a poster’s self-ranking might differ from one given by others. Or how posters’ rankings would change over time. I think ranking and filtering could point to areas where climate science is most solid and to the most clear and interesting discussions. Maybe it could point -in a helpful way- to areas where it is lacking.
Ideally, ranking and filtering would provide useful information for studies in political science, philosophy of science or maybe even climate science.
Your thoughts on how to raise the level of these aspects of the game?