Codes And Classification

The TBK databank holds various sorts of document objects, for example case studies, useful links, and books.

Each object is classified in several ways.

[1] “Web Theme” – whether it relates to Economics and Politics, or to Sustainability, or both…

[2] “Audience” – who it is aimed at – citizens generally, asset engineers, scientists…

[3] “Area” – what it is about – ecology, solar power, wave energy, tidal energy, hydro-electric energy…

[4] “Goal” – how it relates to goals – the UN Sustainability Goals, a government goal, others developed by us…

From this it is possible to answer questions like “What is a good book and website to learn about how to achieve a worthwhile goal, what case studies / projects give insights, and what experts can be located to bring their experience to bear.”

Gateways And Navigators

TBK has various “gateways” to provide easy navigation to information.  They are intended to be visual and non-verbal as far as possible, and easy to use to incorporate a wide range of content.

Resources Tables

Typically high-level pages contain a “Resources Table” that registers “objects”.

The objects can be Universal Resource Locations (URLs) linking to other websites, or electronic documents from the net, or electronic documents held on TBK itself. Depending on the table and the objects, a range of actions are available, from moving to another website to displaying the content depending on its format and the computer system you are using.

Framework Gateways

Next level pages are designed to present a “framework” of graphical objects (spheres, flags – whatever makes sense and pleases the eye) arranged in a table grid (for example 3 rows by 3 columns, = 9 cells).

Each object has a range of actions available, for example:

[1] Click on an object to get a brief text message about it;

[2] Click on [Details]  to get detailed information OR link to another object;

[3] Click on [More] to get more information OR link to another object.

Pages can be created in a hierarchy.

For example, Page 1 could be a high-level summary (say, with nine dimensions), and Page 1 – D1, Page 1 – D2, Page 1-D3… could be further exploration of the high level summary.

Graphical Gateways

More fun, but trickier, there are some “graphical gateways” comprising objects of various sorts (honeycomb, stacked spheres…) that have been set up with “live areas” that can have various actions attached.  These require more programming and are not so easy to have user-input to the contents.