Understanding Needs, Meeting Demands: User-oriented analysis of on-line knowledge broker platforms for climate change and development

Published on 1 May 2013

As more stakeholders take steps toward operationalizing climate compatible  development (CCD), the demand for information and knowledge related to the concept is growing. But the landscape of information and knowledge sought is vast and fragmented, and the array of suppliers and users correspondingly diverse, making the gaps between research, policy and practice challenging to manage.

Knowledge brokers and knowledge brokering play an important role in managing these gaps. Knowledge brokering is broadly understood as a set of intermediary activities that link knowledge production and use. It can range from making information more accessible and understandable to helping different actors develop a sharedunderstanding of an issue that allows for the co-production of knowledge.

The Internet has expanded the range ofpossibilities for knowledge brokering, offering greater reach, more access and new technologies for storing, filtering and translating knowledge into new formats. The recent proliferation of online climate knowledge brokering (CKB)platforms1 speaks to the potential of information and communications technology-enabled knowledge brokering, as understanding and addressing the challenge of climate change across different scales brings together multiple sources and forms of knowledge.

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Hammill, A., Harvey, B. and Echeverria, D.


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