VI. GSSD DATABASE

The contents of the knowledge base consist of a body of selected (quality controlled) Internet resources; each item is tagged and the content summarized in an abstract. The system as a whole constitutes a knowledge meta-network (since it is a network of networks). Individual items in the knowledge base are cross-referenced and cross-indexed to facilitate understanding the linkages among issues and problems, as well as strategies and solutions - and enhance integration of alternative views of and perspectives on sustainability. See the following:

The contents for the individual domains and dimensions of sustainable development include the following items:

  1. International Agreements - Treaties, resolutions, accords, or other binding agreements reached by governments, organizations, and special interest groups on relevant topics of study, including national level legislation.
  2. Case Studies - Projects, initiatives, programs, or experiments carried out by one or more organizations, academic institutions, or governments on a global, regional, or local level.
  3. Theories/Definitions - Documents that clarify the meaning of a concept, including its composition or key components, and the relationships among its elements.
  4. Indicators/Data - Statistics (or metrics) that provide some indication of the condition or direction of a social, economic, environmental, scientific, or other measurable variable.
  5. Models - Smaller-scaled versions of a larger object or plan that are used to study its characteristics or make inferences about its effects. Generate an output in response to user input, or generate output in response to endogenous adjustments.
  6. Organizations - One or more groups of people brought together by a common interest or purpose, in formal or informal arrangements, and with continuity over time.
  7. Collections - Set of multiple types of documents.
  8. Policies 
  9. Bibliography & Reports
  10. Events