The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) has developed a tool to help navigate the considerable knowledge base it has created over the last three and a half years.
Known as the Knowledge Base Navigator, the tool allows people from industry, academia and the general public to browse and filter through the CDBB’s outputs and find information that is relevant to them, save their searches and see how its topics relate to each other in informative graphics.
Since its foundation, CDBB has published media – from technical and academic papers to insightful pieces and industry reports – for a wide range of audiences. Previously, these outputs were spread across the CDBB’s news pages, publications pages and external sites, but now they can be browsed and filtered to find the content needed.
The Knowledge Base Navigator features an interface that will be familiar to academics from their experience with scholarly databases, but was designed with a broad audience in mind. Outputs have been categorised by topic, as well as how they fit into the lifecycle of the built environment, meaning that users can search by topic, filter by academic or industry focus, and also see how much different topics intersect with one another and with different phases of the built environment lifecycle.