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Better living through wikis

Posted by Danny Morris on April 16, 2009

I don’t know what you guys think, but I have to say that I think the internets are amazing. Far more than just a series of tubes, the internets are a fantastic tool for people to share important and unimportant information (this blog specializes in both). One way to share good information (the kids tell me) is on these so-called wikis, where everyday web 2.0 users like you and I can add, edit, and scrutinize informative articles. The king of all wikis is of course Wikipedia. As it is a fount of useful knowledge, however,  it will tell you that specialization of labor leads to increased production, so it’s only a matter of time before specialized wikis take over the internets.

One of the newest and most exciting is Climate Lab, the most advanced climate change wiki I’ve encountered in my daily internet travels. The team behind Climate Lab explains the site thusly:

Climate Lab’s mission is to develop web-based tools for knowledge sharing and collaboration that drive action to address climate change. We are a nonpartisan nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that began operation in November, 2008. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Climate Lab relies on support from foundations, government grants, and individual donations.

On March 2, 2009, Climate Lab beta-launched, a wiki addressing issues related to climate change. Given the enormous scale of the climate change crisis and the short timeline to take action, professionals working on climate change often cite the need for better information sharing and collaboration. Climate Lab’s wiki technology allows policy experts, development specialists, engineers, academics and others to define a common language, identify the most relevant information, and discover better ways of working together.

Hooray for information democratization. Go forth, climate minions, and populate the site with your unparalleled knowledge and understanding of all things climate change related. Just make sure not to do it all at once, we don’t want to clog up the tubes.

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