Dr. Richard Tol writes:
One of the ideas that came out of the AR4 debacle was to create an IPCC wiki: Put the entire report online for people to comment and amend as needed. Wikis have two advantages:
- Anyone can take part
- Updates can be as frequent as required
Of course, the IPCC did not follow this suggestion. So I made a start.
I would proceed as follows:
- Upload the Fifth Assessment Report, one section per page
- Create links within the report
- Create links to the underlying literature
- Audit the agreement between IPCC report and literature
- Audit the quality and representativeness of the authors
- Amend the report with new findings
However, this is a wiki. If you want to use it to audit the responses to the review comments, contrast IPCC to NIPCC, or do whatever, that is perfectly fine. The second contributor, Donna Laframboise, started by adding links between IPCC authors and environmental organizations. I had not thought of that, but it is very relevant of course.
Wikis operate on the basis of a simple principle: If you want something done, do it.
The Fifth Assessment Report is long and complicated. Uploading it all will take many hours — and a correspondingly greater effort would be required if drafts and previous reports are added too.
It is probably worth it, though, if you focus on your pet peeve.
I picked Wikia. It is a user-friendly environment. Anyone can sign up, anonymously if they so want. Wikia uses the same syntax as Wikipedia. There are additional software bits that can be added if this takes off. Maps is one example. Semantics is another, which would automate diagnostic tests and uncover hidden links.
Let’s see where this ends.
See it here: http://ipcc.wikia.com/wiki/IPCC_Wiki
Donna Laframboise also has some words on this http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2014/05/11/ipcc-wiki-launched-volunteers-needed/