Open Climate Knowledge Working Group

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100% open collaborative research for climate change knowledge—using data mining & open science publishing | #OCK @OCKProject

The group does much of its work via GitHub:


The climate crisis of the predicted atmosphere temperatures rising to 1.5C + makes it imperative that research related to climate change be put to better use by being open and digitally connected.

We are concerned with making all aspects of research open, but as an example, one analysis shows that less than 30% of research papers related to climate change are Open Access (Tai and Robinson 2018). This must change now!

We have a powerful data mining software OpenNotebook ( that can search open repositories using linked data dictionaries based on Wikidata. We can then retrieve metadata and documents and apply analysis with machine learning, creating: collections, repositories, develop knowledge graphs, annotate, and more. 

You’re welcome to join the working group — we need volunteers with many different skill sets from data scientists to designers. If you would like to find out more about the types of tasks and skills that need covering see our GitHub issue tracker #WG Tasks.

You can request to join the working group by signing up at the bottom of this Force11 website page.


  1. Use OpenNotebook data mining software to build open research knowledge base and demonstrate the advantages of open science publishing.

  2. Work on three climate use cases for OpenNotebook: 

    1. scholarly communications / bibliometrics; 

    2. for researchers working in institutions, and in; 

    3. community science AKA Citizen Science areas.

  3. Develop a plan for transitioning to 100% open.


  • TBC. FYI, the first activities will be to enable the OpenNotebook paper data mining tool chain to be more widely usable by creating documentation and testing out installation and user workflows. In addition the formation for a committee to work on plans for ‘transitioning climate change related research to 100% open’ will be an accompanying foundational step for the project.

Deliverables and timeline

  • The first working group meeting (public) will take place via Jitsi video conference platform  ( on February 11th 2020, 8am PDT / 11am EDT / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET – duration 60 minutes. Dial in possible. This first meeting will be an open public meeting to give as many people a chance to learn about the project. You can optionally register on this public Cryptpad.

  • TBC

Thank you to our supporters

We would like to share our appreciation of the project supporters: Force11 for enabling the working group; the Open Science Lab at TIB – German National Library of Science and Technology for hosting the OCK project; and to our partners the Open Science editorial platform Generation Research which is a service of the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science.


All sources can be found for download in the Zotero public group library ‘OCK’:

Tai, Travis C., and James P. W. Robinson. ‘Enhancing Climate Change Research With Open Science’. Frontiers in Environmental Science 6 (2018).

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