CAKE Content Questions
- What are the pieces of CAKE?
- Tell me more about the Case Studies.
- Tell me more about the Virtual Library.
- Tell me more about the Directory.
- Tell me more about the Tools.
- Tell me more about the Community.
- How else can I participate in CAKE?
- What is CAKE’s editorial policy?
- How can I cite CAKE content?
There are five pieces of CAKE: Case Studies, Virtual Library, Directory, Tools, and the Community section. CAKE strives to maintain up-to-date, useful items in all of these sections and we encourage users to contribute information.
The Case Studies provide examples of on-the-ground adaptation action. Users can find key background information and resources used in the project design, process, and outcomes; for example, illustrating how a project moved from planning to implementation, challenges that arose and how they were overcome, how the project was funded, and what tools were used. The information included in the case studies can provide practitioners with the support needed to decide on a course of action as well as possible funding mechanisms and partnerships to pursue. Within each Case Study, you can also find related Virtual Library resources, Tools, and Directory entries in the green sidebar; these links provide the reader with more detailed information about the particular case study, including specific information used and partners involved in the project.
The Case Studies database has been developed by the leading thinkers at EcoAdapt (through their State of Adaptation Program) to provide quick access to on-the-ground adaptation initiatives. Through interviews and surveys with managers and conservation practitioners, EcoAdapt synthesizes how people are preparing for or responding to climate change. The information collected is compiled into case studies and shared through CAKE. For more details on how we find the case studies, please check out About the Case Studies. In addition, CAKE encourages submissions from registered users (see Can I contribute? below).
Of course! We are always looking for additional case studies. If you think we are missing something, please recommend case studies here. In addition, registered users can submit their own case studies, which are then reviewed by the CAKE Content Editor (Rachel Gregg) for quality control. First, make sure that you are registered and then submit!
Absolutely! Just submit as much information about your project or program as you can and we will be in touch to assist you.
Yes. If you find a case study about an adaptation initiative you lead or participate in and have information to contribute or if you want to be listed, please contact Rachel Gregg at Rachel@EcoAdapt.org.
The Virtual Library is a managed repository of items related to climate change adaptation, including resources from scientific journals, grey literature, books, action plans, and multimedia sources. Through the library, users have access to more detailed information about adaptation in general or about particular projects. The library can be used to find resources about adaptation theory and strategies for responding to climate change. Within each library resource, you can also find related Case Studies, Tools, and Directory entries in the green sidebar; these links provide the reader with more information about the selected resource.
The Virtual Library has been built by the CAKE team as well as the user community. We locate, solicit, and upload literature relevant to the CAKE community. There is some original content housed within the Virtual Library that cannot be found in other places, such as interviews by the CAKE team, panel discussions, or content created by organizations that chose to publish content solely on CAKE. The goal of the Virtual Library is to provide the full range of available information on climate change adaptation, while helping users quickly and easily identify resources. For more details, please check out About the Virtual Library.
Yes! If you are the author or know of an important item that should be included in the library, please recommend its inclusion here.
The Directory includes organizations and individuals interested and/or engaged in climate change adaptation. The Directory can be used to identify practitioners who work in a specific region or type of organization, or on a particular subject, and is intended to allow users to more quickly connect and build partnerships. Within each Directory entry, you can also find related Case Studies, Virtual Library resources, and Tools in the green sidebar; these links provide the reader with more detailed information about the projects and resources with which the selected individual or organization has been involved.
The Directory was initially populated through EcoAdapt’s State of Adaptation survey. Since launching CAKE in July 2010, users have started contributing information on their organizations and creating their own profiles. If you find that a profile has already been created for you, and you would like to claim it so you add new information, please contact us to let us know! For more details, please check out About the Directory.
Absolutely! We invite all CAKE users to register and fill out a profile page detailing your climate change efforts and interests. In addition, if you know of key individuals, groups, agencies, or organizations that should be included, you can recommend them for inclusion here.
The Directory is intended to serve as a platform to connect practitioners and build an adaptation network. Through the Directory, you can locate organizations and individuals working in your field or in your region; if you have a question about a specific case study or adaptation strategy being used, the profiles allow quick access to relevant contact information. By completing and publishing your profile and associated picture, you are self-identifying as someone working or interested in adaptation, so that others are able to find and connect with you.
The ‘Favorites’ tab allows you to bookmark any content you want to return to regularly without having to search for it. Content may include a Case Study, Virtual Library resource, or Directory profile of an organization or individual. You can 'favorite' an item by clicking the 'favorite this' button on any CAKE item. Your 'favorites' list will appear on your CAKE profile in the Directory, allowing others to see what resources you are finding most valuable.
The ‘My Content’ tab allows you to see and click on all the content that you have uploaded to CAKE. Accessing your content through the ‘My Content’ tab allows you to find it quickly when you would like to make updates or changes.
The Tools section directs users to available online tools to help you process climate change information and make decisions. CAKE includes open access or free tools that can support adaptation planning and implementation. Within each Tools entry, you can also find related Case Studies, Virtual Library resources, and Directory entries in the green sidebar; these links provide the reader with more detailed information about how and by whom a tool has been used.
CAKE is always looking to add new tools, especially those that can be linked to projects to demonstrate how the tool has been used. If you know of any key tools or resources that should be included, please recommend them for inclusion here.
The Community section has a few features:
An Advice Column, written monthly by Drs. Lara Hansen and Jennie Hoffman of EcoAdapt, also known as the Adaptation Mavens. If you have any questions for the Adaptation Mavens, please email Mavens@EcoAdapt.org.
A Calendar that shows upcoming events surrounding adaptation relevant to the CAKE community. If you are planning or hosting an event that you would like to include in the CAKE calendar, registered users can post an item to inform the CAKE community. Events will be reviewed to make sure they focus on adaptation before they are published.
An Opportunities Forum, featuring job postings and grant information for CAKE users. Registered users can post opportunities related to adaptation that the CAKE team has not found.
A Discussion Forum to stimulate conversation, provide networking opportunities, and to engage the CAKE community. Registered users are invited to participate in the discussion.
Workshop Support Pages, which are meant to supplement the training experiences offered by EcoAdapt; these pages provide the materials used and presentations given during the workshops.
In addition to contributing your own information, you can rate different items (on a 5 star scale) and comment on Virtual Library resources and Advice Column posts, and participate in the Discussion Forum.
CAKE strives to provide users with quality content and information to support practitioners with their adaptation needs.
In addition to content added by the CAKE Editors, users are encouraged to contribute content. For each piece of CAKE, we have certain quality control parameters. For example:
- Case Studies must be relevant to planning and management, specifically address or integrate adaptation, and provide details on the actual or planned process, implementation, and outcomes of adaptation projects and programs.
- Virtual Library resources must be focused on climate change adaptation, provide information directly relevant to adaptation, or be directly related to a workshop or case study.
- Tools must be relevant to planning and management, support adaptation, be open access or otherwise free to users, and have sufficient associated guidance.
The homepage of CAKE features a rotating list of Case Studies, Virtual Library resources, and Directory entries to provide current and dynamic content for the CAKE community. These items are chosen by the CAKE Editors. If you would like you or work to be featured on the homepage, please contact Jessica Hitt at Jessica@EcoAdapt.org.
We encourage you to use the content that you find on CAKE to support your adaptation efforts. Island Press designed a suite of citation guidelines for the content that you find on CAKE. Citations for Case Studies, Virtual Library items, and the Advice Column are provided for each item. For other items found on CAKE, please use the following format:
Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE). (2011). Title of content [Section where content was found, e.g., About CAKE]. Retrieved from CAKE (insert URL).