[okfn-discuss] Apps4Climate

David Hirst david at davidhirst.com
Tue Jan 17 11:06:20 UTC 2012

A fascinating idea.
Is it likely to be possible to do a world / continental version of the DECC
2050 pathways model?
http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/2050/2050.aspx. This model is
UK oriented, and written for Excel (ugh), but it claims to be "Open Source".
The data is probably available, but is mostly under IEA copyright. The
project could work to release it. 
Might it be worth some liaison with http://www.fateoftheworld.net/community.
It is not a game I have properly learned yet (the world so far always ends
in catastrophe!) but there may be scope for enhancing it and its data
David Hirst
!-!?!-Hirst Solutions Limited
Mobile:  +44 7831 405443

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Subject: [okfn-discuss] Apps4Climate

Dear all,

I would like to draw your attention to the current Apps4Climate competition
announced by the World Bank and ask you whether you would consider joining
the Open Economics/Open Energy group in preparing a submission. Here is a
short summary of the most relevant competition

- Each Software Application must be related to climate change, either to
raise awareness, measure progress, or to help in some way to address the
development challenges of climate change.
- Each Software Application must make use of one or more of the datasets
listed in the World Bank Data Catalog (data.worldbank.org) or Climate Change
Knowledge Portal (http://sdwebx.worldbank.org/climateportal/).
- Submissions may be any kind of software application, be it for the web, a
personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any software
platform broadly available to the public.
- The Competition Period ends on March 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM EST.

Here are some ideas that are worth investigating:
- We could do an app, which visualises different energy indicators for all
countries from the World Bank database, as in http://energy.publicdata.eu/.
- We could also use geo-spatial data on deforestation and build a world map,
which tracks changes in forest area and land use as well as carbon dioxide
emissions. There has been a project by the European Commission just for
forest area change and just for Europe:
http://efdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu/viewer/. I am not aware of a project for an
app, which includes the whole world.

Is there anyone else working on this? If there are enough human resources we
could even prepare two submissions.

Looking forward to hear from you,

Velichka Dimitrova
Open Economics/Open Energy Working Group

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