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Appropedia Foundation AKA: Appropedia
Founders Lonny Grafman, Chris Watkins, Curt Beckmann, Catherine Laine, Andrew Lamb
Founded 2007 (501c3 status)
Headquarters Arcata, California
Area served Worldwide
Focus Rural and Indigenous Communities
Method Appropriate technology and sustainable development
Website http://www.appropedia.org

Appropedia is a website for collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development, with a particular focus on appropriate technology. Appropedia is a wiki-based website like Wikipedia, a website where a large number of participants are allowed to create and modify the content directly from their web browsers. Appropedia is a site for collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development. It is an open website for users to co-create sustainable solutions, questions, and information; it serves as a resource area for other organizations.[1]

Appropedia is being used by a number of nonprofit organizations and individuals working in the sustainable development space because it simplifies the administration of collaboratively organizing information, project examples, best practices, and “how tos”. Examples of organizations using this wiki are Demotech[2] and the Full Belly Project.[3] It has been expanding rapidly as other organizations utilize its information transfer and collaboration capabilities.

Currently, Appropedia houses more than 14,000 articles, which is somewhat of an indication that the appropriate technology movement started by E. F. Schumacher in the book Small is Beautiful [4] is gaining some traction.

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History

After years of other online and offline sustainable collaboration projects, Lonny Grafman started Appropedia in April 2006 with a focus on appropriate technology, defined very broadly. He was assisted by Aaron Antrim and Gabriel Krause in the decision to use the MediaWiki engine for Appropedia.

A note left on another site[5] led Curt Beckmann to join Appropedia, bringing energy, new ideas and different perspectives. Like minded people and organizations were happy to give permission to use their material (see below).

Contact with WikiGreen (formerly at http://www.wikigreen.org) in late December 2006 led to an enthusiastic response from Eric Blazek,[6] and a very quick decision to join forces. It was decided to use the name Appropedia. This merger led to a large increase in content, as the work of Ericblazek and Roy Dent was ported, with permission from various publications, including some content from CD3WD (CDs for the 3rd World).[7]

Since then Appropedia has made connections with more people and organizations:

Since the end of 2008, Appropedia and Ekopedia Projects are in active collaboration that could lead to a projects merge[10]

Use as source

An increasing number of papers and books are beginning to use information generated via Appropedia as a source. For example:

  1. Kreye, Melissa M. "Metal accumulation in gill epithelium and liver tissue in steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) reared in reclaimed wastewater", Thesis (M.S.)--Humboldt State University, Natural Resources: Wastewater Utilization Program, 2008.
  2. Urmila Balasubramaniyam, Llionel S. Zisengwe, Niccoló Meriggi, Eric Buysman, Biogas production in climates with long cold winters, Wageningen, May 2008.
  3. James A. West and Margaret L. West, "Using Wikis for Online Collaboration: The Power of the Read-Write Web", Jossey-Bass (December 15, 2008).

This could be an indication that wiki derived information is beginning to provide reliable data for the intellectual sphere.

Use as pedagogical tool

Appropedia is increasingly being used to improve the pedagogy of service learning[11][12][13][14]

References

  1. Joshua M. Pearce, Lonny Grafman, Thomas Colledge, and Ryan Legg, “Leveraging Information Technology, Social Entrepreneurship and Global Collaboration for Just Sustainable Development” Proceedings of the 12th Annual National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Conference, pp. 201- 210, 2008. Full text:[1]
  2. Demotech, Design for self reliance
  3. http://www.fullbellyproject.org/
  4. Schumacher, E. F.; Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered : 25 Years Later...With Commentaries. Hartley & Marks Publishers ISBN 0-88179-169-5
  5. http://ewb-international.org/ASTdatabases.htm
  6. http://www.appropedia.org/index.php?title=User_talk:Chriswaterguy&oldid=10789#Wikigreen
  7. http://www.cd3wd.com/
  8. Village Earth. 2007. Village Earth joins the Appropedia wiki community. Appropriate Technology Project Blog. [2]
  9. http://cleantech.com
  10. Ekopedia and Appropedia are adopting a deep but adaptable partnership: http://www.appropedia.org/Appropedia:Memorandum_of_Understanding/Ekopedia.
  11. J. M. Pearce, L. Grafman, T. Colledge, and R. Legg, “Leveraging Information Technology, Social Entrepreneurship and Global Collaboration for Just Sustainable DevelopmentProceedings of the 12th Annual National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Conference, pp. 201- 210, 2008.
  12. E. ter Horst and J. M. Pearce, “Foreign Languages and the Environment: A Collaborative Instructional Project:”, The Language Educator, pp. 52-56, October, 2008.
  13. J. M. Pearce and E. ter Horst “Appropedia and Sustainable Development for Improved Service Learning”, Proceedings of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 2008.
  14. Joshua M. Pearce, “Appropedia as a Tool for Service Learning in Sustainable Development”, Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 3(1), pp.45-53, 2009. Q-Space pre-print

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