On 20 November 2009, emails and other documents, apparently originating from with the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia.
If real, these emails contain some quite surprising and even disappointing insights into what has been happening within the climate change scientific establishment. Worryingly this same group of scientists are very influential in terms of economic and social policy formation around the subject of climate change.
As these emails are already in the public domain, I think it is important that people are able to look through them and judge for themselves.
Until I am told otherwise I have no reason to think the text found on this site is true or false. As of today, Saturday 21 November, there have been no statements that I have seen doubting the authenticity of these texts. It is here just as a curiosity!
some minor tweaks to the search and browsing functions:
You can now search for a filename by typing the number (with or without the .txt extension)
Results have had some tweaks to the weighting, you still get exact matches first, and then keywords from your phrase. Still removing some common English words from this, but getting there!
Added a basic keyword counter which will show you the kind of the texts that are being looked for.
There is an option when browsing to show 10, 25, 50 or 100 emails at a time. (Hint, you can put any number less than 100 in the pp= part of the query to get that number of results. I'm limiting this to 100 at the moment, on current usage the search will use about 2Gb transfer per day, I don't want it to go much farther than this.
I really just made this because I really couldn't see me going through the sheer number of text files in any realistic fashion. This will help me find emails that are being discussed on forums and blogs I read.
But this page is now being hit a lot, so I feel it only fair that I tell you what I am hoping to get done - and for you to send me suggestions or ideas (or tips). I'm hoping to get the time tomorrow to also make the various Word and Excel files online and searchable, and also to do what I can with the text from the PDF files (some might be easier than others). I am also hoping to get some improvements done to the overall search box to make the results weighted to number of hits for main keywords / filter out unimportant words (you, me and I) and make the tool more useful.
The entire thing is running off a single mysql database and three main php scripts, the emails are parsed automatically into the database and there is also another file that I made earlier that generated hard copy html files just to get something online. If anyone wants to host a copy all you need is a php/mysql system - drop me a line and you can have all the source.
Feedback to: @anelegantchaos.org
Hope you enjoy, H
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