The huge amount of information available for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction is useful only if people can find what they need to know.
Significant knowledge gaps that remain do not necessarily represent a lack of knowledge, but a lack of the ability to find “relevant” knowledge. This situation impedes collaboration, creates redundancies, and leaves many people unsure about who is working where, and on what.
The Information Age transformed the potential for knowledge-sharing. Nevertheless, in practice, knowledge languishes across many Internet locations (e.g., research databases, institutional websites), waiting to be discovered. What can rectify this?
The authors argue that the answers lie in how we communicate with one another, and how we use the technologies now at our disposal to connect work on these important issues. To that end, the brief advances the case for more considered knowledge-sharing practices, so that the information we have can be used to its full potential.