ClimateLab.org Launches First-of-Its-Kind Content Collaboration Network

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Climate Institute and LAC-CORE Become First NGOs to Publish Climate Lab Content on their Websites; Over 250 Wiki Articles & 350 User Accounts Generated Since Climate Lab Kickoff

Climate Lab is positioned to become a shared content management system for the global community of organizations working to address climate change

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A year after launching climatelab.org, a community website and wiki on climate change issues, the DC-based nonprofit Climate Lab announced to-day that it has founded a new collaborative network to syndicate its climate change content. The launch of Climate Lab Networks marks the first time a public site has attempted to syndicate open-sourced climate change con-tent across multiple websites.

Climate Lab Networks will provide partners with customized streaming access to Climate Lab’s wiki content, allowing partners to republish and rebrand the live content within their own sites. The Climate Institute and the Latin American and Carib-bean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) are the first NGOs to join Climate Lab Net-works.

“Climate Lab is positioned to become a shared content management system for the global community of organizations working to address climate change,” said Adam Tapley, Climate Lab’s Managing Director. “Sharing benefits everyone. By sharing content, stakeholders help define a common language and a common set of metrics to identify better solutions and evaluate the success of their efforts.”

"As a practical matter, joining Climate Lab Networks is a low-cost way to develop an extremely dynamic website,” said Climate Institute founder and CEO John Topping. “We expect that Climate Lab will help us spread our message about environmental education and effective responses to climate change.”

Since launching a year ago, Climate Lab, which is built on MindTouch’s enterprise collaboration platform, has emerged as a leading clearinghouse on climate-related data and issues, collectively edited by over 350 climate professionals, academics, students and concerned individuals across the world who volunteer their time. Articles on Climate Lab can be collaboratively authored and edited freely by any registered climatelab.org user.

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Here's a simple example of how the service works: pages which originate on Climate Lab, such as an article on "Small Island Developing States ", can now be published on partner websites, like the Climate Institute.

MindTouch, recently named by Forrester as the open-source alter-native to Microsoft SharePoint , provides an open-source collaboration platform that enables tens of millions of users globally to connect and customize enterprise systems, social tools and web services. The MindTouch platform makes it possible for non-programmers to connect enterprise systems, databases and web-services in the context of an easy-to-use collaborative environment. For Climate Lab, this creates a powerful platform for rapidly publishing and syndicating its content.

Climate Lab announced the official launch of Climate Lab Networks at the one-year anniversary party celebrating the launch of climatelab.org, Thursday, April 8 at Local 16, a popular bar and restaurant in Washington DC. Keynote remarks at the event were made by Climate Lab board member Scott Sklar of the Stella Group, Ltd. Sklar is the former Executive Director for both the Solar Energy Industries Association and the National BioEnergy Industries Association.

"By allowing NGOs and other groups to stream their content into each other’s websites, Climate Lab is giving these diversified sources and specialists a reason to come together under one roof – and maybe just in the nick of time," said Sklar.

For more information, please contact: Adam Tapley, Managing Director, Climate Lab, (202) 640-1899 (work), (617) 894-5521 (cell).

About Climate Lab
Climate Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to drive action on climate change-related issues by improving knowledge sharing and collaboration. To this end, in 2009 Climate Lab launched climatelab.org, a community website and wiki on climate change where content can be collaboratively authored and edited freely by registered users. In April 2010, Climate Lab founded Climate Lab Networks, a new collaborative network and service to syndicate its content – marking the first time a public site has syndicated open-source climate change content across multiple websites.

For more information on Climate Lab, or to view the climate change site: climatelab.org.

About MindTouch

MindTouch set out to solve the problem of collaboration by making it possible for non-programmers to connect enterprise systems, databases and web-services in the context of an easy to use collaborative environment. The purpose of MindTouch is to provide wiki-like ease of collaboration between humans and machines; thereby enabling less-technology savvy people to automate reports and systems and create dashboards. For more information, please visit http://www.mindtouch.com.

Contacts:
Adam Tapley, Climate Lab, (202) 640-1899 (work), (617) 894-5521 (cell)
Michael Levey, Zer0 to 5ive, (610) 223-2632

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