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This page shows where Appropedia fits in with other collaborative projects, and hopefully will help create greater synergy.
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:
If you are keen to get involved with developing articles on these topics, you may want to check out these collaborations:
- WikiProject International development
- WikiProject Environment
- WikiProject Energy development
- 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:
- 3 have merged already: the Development and Sustainability Wiki, the WinWinWiki, and WikiGreen.
- Another is in the process of merging (to be announced soon).
- Howtopedia is extremely similar but focused on how-tos, and is continuing independently
We seek to collaborate with other wikis, and have discussed this with several including:
- See also the International development category at WikiIndex.
Appropedia is a living library of appropriate technology, sustainability and development.
Village Earth Appropriate Technology Wiki - has fewer pages and is much less active than Appropedia, but nonetheless has good stuff and valuable contributors.
Indian Ocean Disaster Relief Portal (www.tsunamihelp.info)
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 for years to come..." (Partly/mainly/wholly from a Christian perspective?)
- See also the Sustainability category at WikiIndex.
Appropedia, as above.
gWiki - "The Green Wiki." Not very large or active, at the moment.
Ecovillage 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. It will also be a knowledge base for
people to learn about ecovillages generally, or about
a particular ecovillage.
G. Knowledge 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 the
deep knowledge of the world.
The success of a greener, happier, safer, friendlier,
cleaner, 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 page.
WikiGreen, 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. Note: Recently merged into Appropedia
WaterWiki, 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 to that circumscribed use, this wiki may be used to develop and present information regarding world wide water resources and issues by anyone. Not very active.
There may be some overlap between our How tos and these wikis:
Howtopedia, described above.
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.
wikiHow The How-To Manual That Anyone Can Write or Edit
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
Issuepedia - "Issuepedia is the encyclopedia of issues, analysis, thought, and opinion. As with Wikipedia, anyone can edit; unlike Wikipedia, we encourage opinions and rants as well as carefully considered analysis and purely factual writing."
Campaigns and activism
Sustainable Community Action, or SCA21, is a Wikia
to develop information on all aspects 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 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], SCA collaborations page
The Wikia for 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.
The Activism Wikia is a place for sharing information about all forms of activism.
Censorship is a Wikia 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.
These wikis may be useful (e.g. research tools) or involve likeminded people (activist sites).
The Search Wikia accompanies the development of the Wikia search engine, 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.
The Translation Wikia is for collaborative translations of free texts and fair use extracts. The wiki also provides a meeting space with information about translation, and from translators. Information and discussion on the theory and techniques of translation will be included.
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.
Non-wiki collaborative sites
- This is a tentative list and probably needs cleaning up.
- Worldchanging (choose a category and click "Go." Some interesting appropriate technology articles.)
- Full Belly Blog
- HowStuffWorks - covers a wide range of topics.
- CREST has some good discussion pages - see also the links on left side of this page.
Help without leaving your computer:
- Nabuur - "The global neighbour network." Connects local communities in need with online helpers.
- Online Volunteering (a United Nations Volunteers service). Assignments Search
- Murphy's volunteer project: http://www.keyfarmers.org
- Siebert's volunteer project: http://spear.org.bz
- Elder Wisdom Circle: http://www.elderwisdomcircle.org
- Myths: http://www.coyotecommunications.com/volunteer/ovmyths.html