It’s done – the ‘new’ reegle clean energy info portal is online! We worked very hard in the last weeks to launch the new reegle tomorrow alongside the EE-Global in Brussels (say hallo to me if you are there!) and I have to say: It was definitely worth the hard work!
One of our most exciting new features (besides the new design) are the country energy profiles, which put together energy statistics with policies, regulations and stakeholder contact information into one user-friendly page per country. To create these profiles, reegle automatically sifts through seven different pre-selected and authoritative data sources such as the World Bank, UN-data, the CIA Factbook, and REEEP’s Sustainable Energy Regulation Network (SERN) publications, and threads each country’s data together and presents it in a format that is easy to read and to digest.
Each profile provides an overview of the country’s energy production and use, electricity and its key renewable sources, and emissions. It also provides a listing of key energy stakeholders such as government departments and ministries with their contact information, clean energy policy and regulatory information, and links to project output documents from the relevant country, as well as links to the original data sources.
The fact that we can create these rich profiles is a direct result of the open data movement. Many key development partners are making their data available in a common machine-readable format (RDF). This allows information platforms like reegle to draw data from a range of sources and use it all to create a holistic picture that didn’t exist in one place before. Users can still be confident of the reliability because the information is pulled only from pre-selected, trusted sources rather than a general web search.
“This reegle upgrade makes the website an indispensable resource for policy-makers and energy stakeholders,” say Dr. Martin Schoepe of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU), “because users can get a helicopter-style overview of a country’s energy situation and what policies are in effect without having to dig in many places. And it’s also easy to draw comparisons between countries.”
The improved reegle website continues to offer a clean energy search function that draws only from web sources that have been pre-selected for their reliability and a compiled catalogue of key actors.
Another new feature is the renewable energy and energy efficiency glossary, which offers definitions and visualisation of related terms for more than 1000 relevant clean energy terms.
Special thanks from my side to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the UK(DECC) who funded this upgrade.
If you have any comments or feedback, feel free to contact me directly (Twitter: @reegle, Email: email@example.com)
- Florian Bauer: I like to view “linked data” as a “single worldwide API” (semantic-web.at)
- Ready for Renewable Energy? Reegle Semantic Search Portal Wants to Help (semanticweb.com)