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<center><big>Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.</big></center>
 
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== What is Appropedia? ==
 
== What is Appropedia? ==
 
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''Appropedia'' is the site for collaborative solutions in [[sustainability]], [[poverty]] reduction and [[international development]] through the use of [[appropriate technology]] and the sharing of wisdom and [[project]] information. It is a [[wikipedia:wiki|wiki]], a type of website which allows anyone to add, remove, or edit content. Registration is encouraged but not required for contributors.  
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''Appropedia'' is the site for collaborative solutions in [[sustainability]], [[poverty]] reduction and [[international development]] through the use of sound [[principles]] and [[appropriate technology]] and the sharing of wisdom and [[project]] information. It is a [[wikipedia:wiki|wiki]], a type of website which allows anyone to add, remove, or edit content. Registration is encouraged but not required for contributors.  
  
Appropedia has been described as an "[[appropriate technology wiki]]," but it is much broader than that - it is a [[green wiki]], and a wiki for all matters of [[international development]] and [[aid]]. But most importantly, Appropedia is a open site for stakeholders to come together to find, create and improve scalable and adaptable solutions. For more about our motivation, see [[Appropedia:Mission]].
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Appropedia has been described as an "[[appropriate technology wiki]]," but it is much broader than that - it is a green living [[wiki]] and a wiki for all matters of [[international development]] and [[aid]]. Appropedia is an open site for stakeholders to come together to find, create and improve scalable and adaptable solutions. This can include sharing information and collaborating with others on how we can lighten our [[ecological footprint]] and live in harmony with nature and our environment in developed countries, or discuss eg low cost technologies for use in the [[developing world]]. A key aim of Appropedia is to provide this information, to support sustainable choices - sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives. For more about our motivation, see [[Appropedia:Mission]].
  
Appropedia began in April of 2006. Six other similar sites have joined Appropedia since its inception:  
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Appropedia began in April of 2006. In the earliest stages it was a collaboration between passionate people from the United States and Australia, and quickly expanded to become a global project.
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A number of other similar sites have "joined with" Appropedia since its inception, bringing many content pages, readers and contributors, including:  
 
* Sustainable Development Wikia
 
* Sustainable Development Wikia
* WinWinWiki
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* [[WinWinWiki]]
* Wikigreen.org
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* [[Wikigreen|Wikigreen.org]]
* Village Earth's ATwiki
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* Village Earth's [[Appropriate Technology Wiki Project]]
* HowToLiveWiki, home of the Hexayurt
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* HowToLiveWiki, home of the [[Hexayurt]]
* sgoals, the site for sustainable business
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* The sGoals Wiki, a.k.a. the [[Sustainable Goals Wiki]] (sustainable business)
 
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More details: [[Appropedia:A history of collaboration]].
These collaborations have brought many content pages, readers and contributors. You can learn more about the history of Appropedia at [[Appropedia:A_history_of_collaboration]].
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== Content on Appropedia ==
 
== Content on Appropedia ==
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[[File:Appropedia wordle.png|thumb|upright=2.0|Appropedia [http://www.wordle.net/ wordle] constructed from the 5,000 most popular content page names]]
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Appropedia welcomes contributions of many types of content:
 
Appropedia welcomes contributions of many types of content:
*Project histories and project how-tos
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*[[Project]] histories and project how-tos
 
*Textbook-style information, tables, and figures
 
*Textbook-style information, tables, and figures
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*Best practice in sustainability, development and all related fields
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*Designs
 
*Photographs and illustrations
 
*Photographs and illustrations
 
*Information for finding supplies and help
 
*Information for finding supplies and help
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*Collaboration pages for co-creating solutions
 
*Collaboration pages for co-creating solutions
 
*Discussion pages for commenting on work done and work that needs to be done
 
*Discussion pages for commenting on work done and work that needs to be done
*And more
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*More - whatever aids the causes of sustainability and overcoming poverty.
 
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Posting encyclopedic content on Appropedia is discouraged, as Wikipedia is a more-used resource for this style of article.
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== People who make Appropedia possible ==
 
== People who make Appropedia possible ==
 
===You===
 
===You===
The community of contributors and visitors makes Appropedia work, and makes working at Appropedia meaningful.
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The community of contributors and visitors that makes Appropedia work, and makes working at Appropedia meaningful.
  
 
===Founder, [[Appropedia:Administrators|admin]] and [[Appropedia:Bureaucrats|bureaucrat]]===
 
===Founder, [[Appropedia:Administrators|admin]] and [[Appropedia:Bureaucrats|bureaucrat]]===
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===Founding administrators===
 
===Founding administrators===
*[[user:Chriswaterguy | Chriswaterguy]], a.k.a. [[User:Chriswaterguy/Chris Watkins|Chris Watkins]], major [[Special:Contributions/Chriswaterguy|contributor]] to Appropedia and other wiki projects.
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*[[user:Chriswaterguy | Chriswaterguy]], a.k.a. Chris Watkins
 
*[[User:Curtbeckmann|Curt Beckmann]]
 
*[[User:Curtbeckmann|Curt Beckmann]]
 
*[[User:GoodSignal| GoodSignal]], a.k.a. Gabriel Krause.  Founding technical administrator.
 
*[[User:GoodSignal| GoodSignal]], a.k.a. Gabriel Krause.  Founding technical administrator.
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*[[User:On2Leggs|On2Leggs]], a.k.a. Ryan Legg - Senior staff at [http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/sge/ Cornell's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise] in charge of program development and management.
 
*[[User:On2Leggs|On2Leggs]], a.k.a. Ryan Legg - Senior staff at [http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/sge/ Cornell's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise] in charge of program development and management.
 
*[[User:Vinay Gupta|Vinay Gupta]] of the [[Hexayurt]].
 
*[[User:Vinay Gupta|Vinay Gupta]] of the [[Hexayurt]].
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* [[User:Jason Michael Smithson|Jason Michael Smithson]].
  
 
===Technical Assistance===
 
===Technical Assistance===
 
*[[user:aaron | Aaron Antrim]], a student of [[wikipedia:Humboldt State University | Humboldt State University]] consulted the original appropedia team, and provided the recommendation to use [[wikipedia:MediaWiki | MediaWiki software]].
 
*[[user:aaron | Aaron Antrim]], a student of [[wikipedia:Humboldt State University | Humboldt State University]] consulted the original appropedia team, and provided the recommendation to use [[wikipedia:MediaWiki | MediaWiki software]].
 
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* [[User:Jason Michael Smithson|Jason Michael Smithson]] provides Technical Project Management and Systems Administration assistance. Once some of the pressing issues there are resolved he will be performing ongoing Web Optimization. (Beginning approximately April 2010.)
===Financial Assistance for hosting Appropedia===
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Thanks to a kind (and fairly modest [ [[User:Curtbeckmann|CurtB]] ]) donation from [[User:Curtbeckmann|Curt Beckmann]], Appropedia has a fast and secure server - [http://www.dreamhost.com/r.cgi?228554 DreamHost].
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===The Foundation===
 
===The Foundation===
Oversight of Appropedia is provided by The [[Appropedia Foundation]].
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Oversight of Appropedia is provided by The [[Appropedia Foundation]], which has a global focus and an international board of directors. It is registered in California as a non-profit organization and has 501(c)(3) (tax-exempt) status.  The Foundation's Federal EIN (Tax ID) is 20-8982657.
  
 
== More questions? ==
 
== More questions? ==
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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{{Appropedia books|Appropedia}}
 
* [[Appropedia:Vision and mission]]
 
* [[Appropedia:Vision and mission]]
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* [[Appropedia:For the media]]
 
* [[Appropedia:Promotion of Appropedia]]
 
* [[Appropedia:Promotion of Appropedia]]
 
* [[:Category:Appropedia press releases]]
 
* [[:Category:Appropedia press releases]]
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* [[Appropedia:Citations in the literature]]
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[[Category:About Appropedia]]
 
[[Category:About Appropedia]]
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[[Category:Appropedia]]
 
[[Category:Wikis for international development]]
 
[[Category:Wikis for international development]]
 
[[Category:Wikis for sustainability]]
 
[[Category:Wikis for sustainability]]
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[[Category:Open knowledge]]

Revision as of 13:48, 15 January 2018

Kiswahili - English
Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.

What is Appropedia?

Appropedia is the site for collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development through the use of sound principles and appropriate technology and the sharing of wisdom and project information. It is a wiki, a type of website which allows anyone to add, remove, or edit content. Registration is encouraged but not required for contributors.

Appropedia has been described as an "appropriate technology wiki," but it is much broader than that - it is a green living wiki and a wiki for all matters of international development and aid. Appropedia is an open site for stakeholders to come together to find, create and improve scalable and adaptable solutions. This can include sharing information and collaborating with others on how we can lighten our ecological footprint and live in harmony with nature and our environment in developed countries, or discuss eg low cost technologies for use in the developing world. A key aim of Appropedia is to provide this information, to support sustainable choices - sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives. For more about our motivation, see Appropedia:Mission.

Appropedia began in April of 2006. In the earliest stages it was a collaboration between passionate people from the United States and Australia, and quickly expanded to become a global project.

A number of other similar sites have "joined with" Appropedia since its inception, bringing many content pages, readers and contributors, including:

More details: Appropedia:A history of collaboration.

Content on Appropedia

Appropedia wordle constructed from the 5,000 most popular content page names

Appropedia welcomes contributions of many types of content:

  • Project histories and project how-tos
  • Textbook-style information, tables, and figures
  • Best practice in sustainability, development and all related fields
  • Designs
  • Photographs and illustrations
  • Information for finding supplies and help
  • Links and information on other organizations
  • Collaboration pages for co-creating solutions
  • Discussion pages for commenting on work done and work that needs to be done
  • More - whatever aids the causes of sustainability and overcoming poverty.


People who make Appropedia possible

You

The community of contributors and visitors that makes Appropedia work, and makes working at Appropedia meaningful.

Founder, admin and bureaucrat

Founding administrators

Other administrators

Technical Assistance

The Foundation

Oversight of Appropedia is provided by The Appropedia Foundation, which has a global focus and an international board of directors. It is registered in California as a non-profit organization and has 501(c)(3) (tax-exempt) status. The Foundation's Federal EIN (Tax ID) is 20-8982657.

More questions?

Do you have a question about how to participate? Wondering what exactly Appropedia's activities are? Starting a website and wondering how it fits with Appropedia? See Appropedia:FAQ, and if you still have questions, contact us.

See also



This organization is a member of the Open Sustainability Network.