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The database holds four categories of information:
Data are garnered from various online sources, and this is an ongoing activity. The database likely doesn’t include all the scientists and others who have ever expressed contrarian views on climate change but it does, however, tend to be more complete and up to date than the downloadable documents. Likewise, the database is unlikely ever to include all published contrarian climate science or quotations. Details of scientists are as per the original source, and checking credentials, qualifications, etc. is an ongoing activity: the ‘Checked’ field in the Scientist Details panel indicates whether the selected individual has been checked, in which case you can be reasonably assured that their qualifications are correct. University professors are the easiest for us to check, as they tend to have more readily available online biographical details. In some cases, individuals may have qualifications or titles that are not in the database. The ‘Published’ field indicates whether the individual is known to have published peer-
The web app provides an online front end that shows four lists, one for each of the above information categories, and enables users to query the database in various ways and examine the relationships between the categories.
The configuration panel at the top controls the behaviour of the app:
Choose the list to focus on controls which list is the ‘master’ view. When set to something other than ‘None’, the other lists become ‘detail’ views, and only show information related to the currently selected row in the master view. For example, if the master view is ‘Scientists’, you can see the publications (‘Science’) which the selected person (‘Scientist’) has authored, the declarations they have signed, and quotations attributed to them. Similarly, by focusing on ‘Science’, you can see the authors of a publication, and by focusing on ‘Declarations’, you can see the signatories of the selected declaration, and so on. In some cases, certain detail lists are disabled as there is no master—detail relationship (for example, there are no scientific publications directly associated with declarations or quotations).
Show filters allows you to enter text to search for in any list. The search is case-
Clicking the X icon on the right clears the search string and restores the full list.
All lists have the same basic structure, but different columns. A list may be collapsed/expanded by clicking the up/down arrow at the top right.
Lists have a paginator to allow you to navigate the results one page at a time. Items per page allows you to set the maximum number of records displayed per page, which can be 5, 10, 20, 50 or 100. Next is shown which record numbers are displayed on the current page, together with the total number. If a filter is active, the numbers reflect only the records which match the filter. Finally, there are four arrow buttons for navigating the results: clicking the first or last button will display the first or last page of results respectively, and clicking the middle two will display the previous or next page. The navigation buttons are automatically enabled and disabled as appropriate.
Clicking anywhere in a list row selects that row. Here, Dr. Khabibullo Abdussamatov is selected:
The details section of each list may be expanded/collapsed by clicking the down/up arrow at the bottom right. When expanded the section shows further details for the selected row:
The climate science application is open source, available from GitHub:
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