Purdue University came up with an online tool, Need4Feed, which sorts through tweets about the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which is currently being held in Copenhagen through Dec. 18, and displays the most popular Copenhagen Climate Talks-related tweets, the Twitter accounts with the most related activity, the most popular links and other pertinent information.
Need4Feed analyzes all tweets containing the #cop15 hashtag, and users do not need Twitter accounts to use the site, although Twitter users can log in directly to the microblogging site via Need4Feed.
Purdue vice president for information technology and chief information officer Gerry McCartney said:
Universities have a responsibility not only to educate our students, but to also inform the public. Purdue is a leader in using emerging technologies in the classroom, and boosting the global conversation about the Copenhagen Climate Talks is also an important use of these Purdue-developed tools.
And associate professor of earth and atmospheric sciences Kevin Gurney added:
The climate change treaty and the issue of global warming will have an impact on everyone’s life. Understanding what these talks mean for the United States and the average citizen is crucial in moving forward with domestic action on climate change.