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{{shortcut|WN}} This is a kind of "WikiNode," showing where Appropedia fits in with other collaborative projects, and hopefully will help create greater synergy. See [[wnGreen wikis and development wikis]]}}for a more rigorous and comprehensive look at this part of the wikisphere. {{TOCright}}'''NOTE''': Any [[wikis]] which are small and inactive, or heavily spammed and abandoned, should be removed from this page.
This page shows where Appropedia fits in with other collaborative projects, and hopefully will help create greater synergy. == Overviews ==
==Wikipedia==For overviews of wikis on particular subjects, see:* [[Green wiki]]* [[:Category:Wikis for sustainability]]* [[International development wiki]]
== Wikipedia ==
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Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, while Appropedia is for non-encyclopedic material - they complement each other. While Wikipedia doesn't have project information or how-tos, it does have a growing collection of information on topics including:
* [[wikipedia:appropriate technology|Appropriate technology]]
* [[wikipedia:sustainability|Sustainability]]
* [[wikipedia:Portal:Sustainable development|Sustainable development]]
* [[wikipedia:international development|International development]].
If you are keen to get involved with developing ''encyclopedic'' articles on these topics, you may want to check out these collaborations:
* [[wikipedia:WP:WPID|WikiProject International development]]
* [[wikipedia:wikipedia:WikiProject Environment|WikiProject Environment]]
* [[wikipedia:Wikipedia:WikiProject Water purification|WikiProject Water purification]]
==Wikis on similar themes ==
Some wikis are so similar that we'd probably be best to merge and combine our efforts. The active contributors at Appropedia have suggested this to several wikis:
* 4 have merged already: the [[wikia:scratchpad:Development and Sustainability|Development and Sustainability Wiki]], the [[wikia:scratchpad:WinWinWiki|WinWinWiki]], [http://wikigreen.org WikiGreen] and the [http://wiki.villageearth.org/Main_Page Village Earth Appropriate Technology Wiki].
* Another is in the process of merging (to be announced soon).
* [[Howtopedia:|Howtopedia]] is extremely similar but focused on how-tos, and is continuing independently
*Several have merged already: the [[Appropedia:A history of collaboration]]. *We are discussing close collaboration or merging with Ekopedia. (More news in late 2009, probably --[[User:Chriswaterguy|Chriswaterguy]] 07:14, 23 November 2009 (UTC)). *[[howtopedia:|Howtopedia]] is focused on how-tos, and is continuing independently. We seek to collaborate with other wikis, and have discussed this with several including:*'''[[TipThePlanetgreenlivingpedia:|TipThePlanetGreenlivingpedia]]'''. === Finding wikis === *'''[[Wikiawikiindex:Water|WikiIndex]]'''lists and categorizes many wikis.  *'''[[Greenlivingpediacentralwikia:Society%20Gardens|GreenlivingpediaSociety Gardens]]: A summary of active, established Wikia sites on serious topics (ie not entertainment or gaming).  Many more can be found with a search engine such as [http://google.com Google]'''. Many of these wikis are not very active, but it may be valuable to contact the community and explore possibilities for collaboration, perhaps joining with a more active community of editors such as Appropedia. === Food, agriculture and gardening ===
===Finding wikis===* [http://www.gardenology.org Gardenology] - large and active wiki.* [http://opensourceecology.org/ Open Source Ecology wiki at OpenFarmTech]
[[CentralWikia:Society Gardens]]: A summary of active, established Wikia sites on serious topics (ie not entertainment or gaming)=== Transition ===
[[WikiIndex:|WikiIndex]] lists "Transition Towns" started in the UK but this initiative is rapidly spreading worldwide. It represents local communities responding to the twin drivers of Peak Oil and categorizes many wikisClimate Change, and it draws deeply on Permaculture. It is a grassroots response designed to work together with national and global responses, and to be replicable, community by community.
Many more can be found with a search engine such as ''[http://googletransitiontowns.com Googleorg/ Transition Towns]'' is a wiki where each "official" Transition initiative has its own wiki or link to its own website. Many of these wikis are not very active, but it may be valuable to contact the community and explore possibilities for collaboration, perhaps joining with Each local Transition initiative has a more forum that is usually pretty active community of editors such as Appropedia.
===International development===''[http://transitiontowns.org/TransitionNetwork/TransitionNetwork Transition Network]'' is the overarching Transition network with a Transition primer and list/map of over 400 groups worldwide "mulling" over taking up the Transition initiative.
:See also ''See also the [[wikiindexhttp:Category:International_development|International development]//www.greenworldtrust.org.uk/TransTowns/TTportal.htm Green World Trust] category at WikiIndex.''which, though not a wiki, is perhaps the best introduction to Transition Towns.
<br> === International development === :''See [[International development wiki]] and [[:Category:Wikis for international development]]'' :''See also the [[wikiindex:Category:International%20development|International development]] category at WikiIndex.'' ''[[Appropedia]]'' is a living library of [[Appropriate technology]], [[Sustainability]] and development. <br>  ''[http://howtopedia.org/ Howtopedia]'' - "simple technologies, simply shared." All in the form of how-tos. Largely taken, with permission, from [[Practical Action]].  ''[http://www.kivapedia.org Kivapedia]''is a wiki supporting [http://www.appropediakiva.org AppropediaKiva], online microlending to small businesses in developing countries. Kivapedia is hosted by and maintained on a volunteer basis, mainly by users of the [[kivapedia:Kiva%20Friends|Kiva Friends community forum]]. === Disaster relief === ''[http://www.tsunamihelp.info Indian Ocean Disaster Relief Portal]''(www.tsunamihelp.info)  ''[http://clublet.com/c/c/why Why Clublet]' ' - interested in the Indian Ocean Tsunami, among other things. "Not in raising money, there's easily been enough of that. But in the people that will be affected for years to come..." (Partly/mainly/wholly from a Christian perspective?) === Sustainability === The most active and comprehensive wiki on general sustainability issues is [[Appropedia]], as above. For a living library guide to this area of appropriate technologythe wikisphere, sustainability see '''[[Green wiki]]''' and '''[[Green wikis and developmentwikis]]'''<small>''See also the [[wikiindex:Category:Sustainability|Sustainability]] category at WikiIndex.''</small> === Permaculture === See '''[[Permaculture wiki]]'''.  Appropedia covers [[permaculture]], and aims to cover it comprehensively. Other wikis cover it also, but are mostly dormant, very small or spammed. * [http://permaculture.wikia.com/wiki/PermaWiki:WikiNode Permawiki: the permaculture wiki at Wikia] === Ecology === <s>''[http://www.climateandconservation.org Climate and Conservation Wiki]'', from Climateandconservation.org - a scientific wiki, devoted to compiling and disseminating information, summaries, and reviews about conservation of biodiversity and how biodiversity is affected by Global Climate change and Global Warming. This is '''not''' a site for you to express your opinions about the existence or non-existence of Global Warming.</s> - offline (server error). === Health and environment === ''[http://heande.pyrkilo.fi/heande/index.php/Welcome_to_Heande Heande]'', an abbreviation for Health, the Environment, and - Everything is a wiki-based website for helping decisions about human health, and environmental factors affecting it.  <br> === Technology and design === http://images.wikia.com/future/images/b/bc/Wiki.png <br>''[[wikia:future:Main%20Page|Future]]'' is a Wikia about futurology, technology foresight, and futures studies. This wiki aims to develop future forecasts (using scenarios, timelines, etc.), and to write speculative articles on future topics. The wiki's logo is a combination of a nanogear and the DNA molecule, which signifies the importance of nanotech and biotech. The "[[wikia:|RTENOTITLE]]" brackets show that it's a wiki. ''[http://renewableenergy.wikia.com/ Renewable Energy Design]'' is a wikia for collaboration on the detailed engineering design of new or improved methods of capturing energy from renewable sources.
'''''[http://howtopedia.org/ Howtopedia]''''' - "simple technologies, simply shared." All in the form === Philosophy of how-tos. Largely takenopen source, with permissionopen licenses, from [[Practical Action]].free culture ===
===Disaster relief==='''''[http://wwwp2pfoundation.tsunamihelp.info Indian Ocean Disaster Relief Portalnet/ The Foundation for P2P Alternatives - P2P Foundation]''''' (www.tsunamihelp.info):
'''''[[Why:|Why]]''''' - interested in the Indian Ocean Tsunami, among other things. "Not in raising money, there's easily been enough of that. But in the people that will be affected We function as a clearinghouse for years to come..." (Partlyopen/mainlyfree, participatory/wholly from a Christian perspective?)p2p and commons-oriented initiatives.
===Sustainability===:''See also We aim to be a pluralist network to document, research, and promote peer to peer alternatives. Our political aims could be summarized under the [[wikiindex:Categoryfollowing maxims:Sustainability|Sustainability]] category at WikiIndex.'' Appropedia, as above.
'''''[http://wiki#ending the destruction of the biosphere by abandoning the dangerous conceptions of pseudo-abundance in the natural world (i.greenmarketdatae.com/ gWiki]''''' based on the assumption that natural resources are infinite); #promoting free cultural exchange by abandoning the innovation-inhibiting conceptions of pseudo- "The Green Wikiscarcity in the cultural world (i.e." Not very large or active, at based on the momentassumption that the free flow of culture needs to be restricted through excessive copyrights etc...).
'''''[[wikiahttp:ecovillage:Main_Page|Ecovillage]//www.sphereofnetworks.org Sphere of Networks]'': (note - the ''P2P Foundation'' wiki is a site for exchanging information and ideas about ecovillages in particular, and sustainable community in general.This Wikia will facillitate ecovillages to develop regional and global networks. It provides a place for individual ecovillages to edit relevant documents and for individuals in different geographic locations to collaborate''Sphere of Networks'' are working together. It will also be a knowledge base for people to learn about ecovillages generally, or about a particular ecovillage.http://ecovillage.wikia.com/<br><br>{{fact}}
'''''[[wikia:gknowledge:Main Page|G. Knowledge]]''''' This is the definitive repository of green knowledge. G.Knowledge will bring together the collective knowledge of green thinking people throughout the world to produce a collective memory to take from and to deposit website that explains the deep knowledge diverse movement that is promoting Freedom of the world.The success of a greenerInformation, happieror whatever else it might be called (free culture, saferopen source culture, friendlier, cleaneretc.), more productive world relies on passing on the knowledge of green minded individuals and their collective wisdoms. Green Knowledge is not a commodity, it's a necessity." ''Note this is not actually a wikia, but directs people to their pageits associated ideas.''<br><br>
'''''[[WikiGreen]]''''' '''NoteIt has different levels: Now merged into Appropedia''' - the description was: A Wiki for Sustainable living, Intentional communities and life Off the grid. You will find here the personal experience of Alternative energy, Back to the land and Do-It-Yourself people, as well as regular folks wanting to live more Green. <br><br>
*green ''Nutshell''level - simple overview of these ideas, *blue '[[wikia:water:Main_Page|WaterWiki]]'Overview'' - more comprehensive but still straightforward. *red ''Details'', created as a resource for use by members of the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable and the other roundtables created under the provisions of the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act. In addition level - everybody is welcomed to that circumscribed use, this wiki may be used to develop contribute more in-depth information and present information regarding world wide water resources write and issues by anyonetalk. ''Not very active.''
===Ecology==='''''[http://www.climateandconservationsharewiki.org Climate and Conservation Wiki/ Sharewiki]''''', from Climateandconservation.org - : The Sharewiki is exploring possibilities of living a scientific wikilife based on sharing, devoted to compiling and disseminating informationparticipation, summariescollaboration, giving and reviews about conservation of biodiversity and how biodiversity is affected by Global Climate change and Global Warming. This is '''not''' a site for you taking without quid pro quo - taking those principles that are alive in the successful free software movement to express your opinions about the existence or non-existence of Global Warminganother level.
==How tos==
There may be some overlap between our [[:Category:How tos|How to]]s and these wikis:
'''''Howtopedia''''', described above.
http://howto.wikia.com/images/b/bc/Wiki.png<br>'''''[[wikia:howto:Main_Page|How To Engineer It]]''''' "will be a comprehensive encyclopaedia of technology which answers questions about how to make modern products in the natural environment from scratch."
<br><br>http://www.wikihow.com/skins/common/images/wikiHow_logo_5.gif<br>'''''[http://www.wikihow.com/Main-Page wikiHow]''''' The How-To Manual That Anyone Can Write or Edit<br><br>- unfortunately uses a [[Non-commercial license]] so it's incompatible with Appropedia, except where the specific authors give permission. Some great pages though. ''[http://xdesign.ucsd.edu/wiki/index.php/How_Stuff_Is_Made HowStuffisMade]'' (spam problems, inactive - any value?) - an encyclopedia of and manufacturing processes and labor conditions involved in the production of contemporary products. This information is often hard to obtain and little of this material exists on the web.
== Political & policy issues =='''''[http://xdesignissuepedia.ucsd.edu/wiki/index.phporg/How_Stuff_Is_Made HowStuffisMadeIssuepedia]''''' (spam problems, inactive - any value?) - an "Issuepedia is the encyclopedia of issues, analysis, thought, and manufacturing processes opinion. As with Wikipedia, anyone can edit; unlike Wikipedia, we encourage opinions and labor conditions involved in the production of contemporary products. This information is often hard to obtain rants as well as carefully considered analysis and little of this material exists on the webpurely factual writing."
==Political & policy issuesCampaigns and activism ==* ''<s>[[wikia:sca21:Main_Page|Sustainable Community Action]]</s>'' - now on Appropedia: see '''[http://issuepedia.org/ Issuepedia[sustainable community action]]''''' - "Issuepedia is the encyclopedia . A wiki to develop information on all aspects of issues, analysis, thoughtlocal sustainability, and opinionparticularly community run action for sustainability. As with Wikipediawell as providing a Local Sustainability Ideas Bank, anyone can edit; unlike Wikipediathe site contains a shared work space for developing ideas for networking, we encourage opinions both virtual and rants as well as carefully considered analysis real world, for local sustainability action and purely factual writingseeks to link up community action for sustainability across the world."Sustainable_Community_Action:WikiNode SCA WikiNode], [http://sca21.wikia.com/wiki/Sustainable_Community_Action:Collaborations SCA collaborations page]
==Campaigns and activism=='''* A wiki for ''[[wikia:sca21campaigns:Main_Page|Sustainable Community ActionCampaigns]]'''''recently set up by Jimbo Wales, or SCA21, is a Wikia aims to develop information on all aspects explore new ways of local sustainability, particularly community run action for sustainability.As well as providing a Local Sustainability Ideas Bank, the site contains a shared work space for developing ideas for networking, both virtual doing politics and real world, for local sustainability action and seeks to link up community action for sustainability across the world.Sustainable_Community_Action:WikiNode SCA WikiNode], [http://sca21campaigns.wikia.com/wiki/Sustainable_Community_Action:Collaborations SCA collaborations page]<br><br>
http://campaigns.wikia.com/images/b/bc/Wiki.png<br>The Wikia * A wiki for '''''[[wikia:campaignsworldcitizen:Main_Page|CampaignsWorld Citizenship, Global Justice and Global Governance]]''''' recently set up by Jimbo Wales, aims to explore create a new ways space for publishing and discussing opinion articles on topics related to world citizenship, global justice & global governance. The wiki is construed as a combination of doing politics an open journal, a thematic non-neutral encyclopedia and campaignsan open discussion forum. Although it is expected to attract people from the world citizenship and global justice movement, the wiki welcomes all sorts of opinions, statements and comments provided with respect for each other position.<br><br>
http://worldcitizen.wikia.com/images/b/bc/Wiki.png<br>* The Wikia for '''''[[wikia:worldcitizen:Main_Page|World Citizenship, Global Justice and Global Governance]]''''' aims to create a new space for publishing and discussing opinion articles on topics related to world citizenship, global justice & global governance. The wiki is construed as a combination of an open journal, a thematic non-neutral encyclopedia and an open discussion forum. Although it is expected to attract people from the world citizenship and global justice movement, the wiki welcomes all sorts of opinions, statements and comments provided with respect for each other position.<br><br>http://activism.wikia.com/images/b/bc/Wiki.png<br>The '''''[[wikia:activism:Main_Page|Activism]]''''' Wikia wiki is a place for sharing information about all forms of activism.<br><br>
http://censorship.wikia.com/images/b/bc/Wiki.png<br>'''''* [[wikia:censorship:Main_Page|Censorship]]''''' is a Wikia wiki which will provide official and unofficial accounts on censorship, particularly internet censorship in areas such as Iran, so that international observers and activists have a better picture about the situation of freedom of information. The wiki is a space to gather information and analysis on effective ways to bypass censorship.<br><br>
== Not directly related ==Wikileaks is not on this list because despite their name, the website is no longer wiki-based as of December 2010.
== Resource wikis ==These wikis may be useful (e.g. research tools) or involve likeminded people (activist sites)for building Appropedia as a project.
http://search.wikia.com/images/b/bc/Wiki.png<br>The '''''[[wikia:search:Main_Page|Search]]''''' Wikia accompanies the development of the Wikia search engine===Translation, an open source search engine with user editable search results.The search index is being created using the Wikiasari http://search.wikia.com/index.php/Wikiasari software, which is currently in a beta version.This Wikia serves as a sounding board for ideas and development, and a place for the search community to discuss the project. <br><br>interlanguage issues===
http://translation.wikia.com/images/b/bc/Wiki.png<br>
The '''''[[wikia:translation:Main_Page|Translation]]''''' Wikia is for collaborative
translations of free texts and fair use extracts. The
wiki also provides a meeting space with information
translation will be included.
<br><br>
http://future.wikia.com/images/b/bc/Wiki.png<br>
'''''[[wikia:future:Main_Page|Future]]''''' is a Wikia about futurology, technology
foresight, and futures studies. This wiki aims to develop
future forecasts (using scenarios, timelines, etc.),
and to write speculative articles on future topics.
The wiki's logo is a combination of a nanogear and the
A molecule, which signifies the importance of
nanotech and biotech. The "[[wikia: ]]" brackets show that
it's a wiki.
==Other WikiNodes==
*[http://sca21.wikicities.com/wiki/Sustainable_Community_Action:WikiNode Sustainable Community Action WikiNode]
* [[wikia:worldcitizen:WikiNode|world-citizen-wiki's wikinode]]
==Non-wiki collaborative sites==
:''This is a tentative list and probably needs cleaning up.''
*[http://www.worldchanging.com Worldchanging] (choose a category and click "Go." Some interesting [[appropriate technology ]] articles.)
*[http://www.fullbellyblog.blogspot.com Full Belly Blog]
*[http://www.howstuffworks.com/ HowStuffWorks] - covers a wide range of topics.
*[http://www.crest.org/discussiongroups/index.html CREST] has some good discussion pages - see also the links on left side of [http://www.crest.org/discussiongroups/resources/ this page].
 
it's a wiki.
 
 
 
===Online volunteering===
*[http://www.nabuur.com Nabuur.com] -
Help without leaving your computer:
*[http://www.nabuur.com/ Nabuur] - "The global neighbour network." Connects local communities in need with online helpers.
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