Field Notes from Sweden: WebCoast 2014

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Every week, Automatticians — the people behind WordPress.com — participate in conferences, WordCamps, and other community events around the world. Today, let’s hear from Happiness Engineer Karim Osman, who just returned from WebCoast, in Gothenburg, Sweden. WebCoast is a WordPress.com-sponsored conference that focuses on online communication and web development.

After a three-hour train ride, I finally arrived in Sweden’s second-largest city: Gothenburg. This was my first time there, and my fellow Happiness Engineer Fabiana Simões showed me around town. It’s a lovely city with great sights, amazing architecture, and cozy cafes — the perfect place for a conference.

The nicest thing about WebCoast is that it’s a three-day, unconference-style event. “Unconference” means that the content is organized and created by the conference attendees: there was a gridded board where speakers booked a slot for their talk, workshop, or discussion session. Then others decided which sessions they’d like to attend.

Visitors adding their workshops and talks to the grid. Visitors adding…

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Climate Change THINK TANK award 2013

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Venue – Musee des Augustins in Toulouse

The ICCG (International Centre for Climate Change Governance) for its first Ranking Award edition -The winners of the first Ranking of the most world-renowned think tanks that conduct research in the field of climate change economics and policy have been announced.

In the European category the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), founded in 2008 in Bilbao, Spain;

  • BC3 aims to contribute to long term research on the causes and consequences of climate change in order to foster the creation of knowledge in this multidisciplinary science. 
  • Research works focuses on Energy, Climate & Natural Environment, Health & Climate and Climate policy.

Global category the winner is the Belfer Center for Science and international Affairs, founded in 1973 in Cambridge, MA, USA, with its Environment and Natural Resources Program. 

The winners of the 2012 ICCG Climate Think Tank Ranking Award, Professor Markandya, scientific Director of BC3 and Dr Moon on behalf of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Remote sensing and participatory mapping

Utilizing GIS in the study of landscape and land use changes helps in increasing accuracy. But, the ideas of using the same methodology through the concept of participatory mapping and improvising the additional knowledge of local people in the land-use change might differentiate the accuracy and perception towards environmental change in the forests of Wayanad,Kerala. It is going to be a part of my research. I am reading a lot of papers and articles related to this and planned to share my ideas and views regularly from now onwards. I am interested in facing questions through this blog which will give me more time to think and redefine my ideas and also new interaction with knowledgeable persons.

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