Climate Tagger: Automatic Tagging for Climate Knowledge Platforms launched

REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) has joined forces with the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism, to launch the Climate Tagger. This new tool, which automatically scans, labels, sorts and catalogues data and document collections, will help knowledge-driven organizations in the climate and development arenas streamline their information resources, and connect them to the wider climate knowledge community. It is part of a set of “shared tools” of the “Climate Knowledge Brokers Group” – an emerging alliance of around 50 of the leading global, regional and national knowledge brokers specialising in climate and development information.

Climate Tagger is the result of a shared commitment to breaking down the ‘information silos’ that exist in the climate development community, and to providing concrete solutions that can be implemented right now, anywhere,” said REEEP Director General Martin Hiller. “Together with CTCN we’ve gone a long way toward our goals, and have laid the foundations for a system that can be continuously improved and expanded to bring new sectors, systems and organizations into the climate knowledge community.

Climate Tagger is based on the tried and true reegle Tagging API, first introduced by REEEP in 2011 to help its network better catalogue and connect data, and backed by the expansive Climate Compatible Development Thesaurus, developed by experts in fields ranging from climate mitigation and adaptation to economy and green growth, and even specific areas such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).

The release of Climate Tagger marks a remarkable step for us in our role as a principal facilitator and promoter of development and transfer of climate technologies,” said Jukka Uosukainen, Director of the CTCN. “Not only will Climate Tagger directly improve the effectiveness of our own knowledge resources, but it will also help our global network to catalogue and connect their data sets together. In the end, it means better collaboration and better outcomes for technology transfer.

The development process drew on the combined expertise and ingenuity of dozens of subject matter experts from the field, as well as the technical knowledge of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which assisted in testing and implementation of the tool. “At the very foundation of sharing knowledge is the need for a common language to categorize information. Climate Tagger is a bridge spanning gaps in language and technology to enable more efficient and accurate sharing of information”, said Jon Weers, who leads NREL’s Open Energy Information platform.

REEEP Director General Martin Hiller and CTCN Director Jukka Uosukainen will be talking about Climate Tagger at the COP20 side event hosted by the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group in Lima, Peru, on Monday, December 1st at 4:45pm.

To find out more about Climate Tagger visit http://www.climatetagger.net

About REEEP
REEEP invests in clean energy markets in developing countries to lower CO2 emissions and build prosperity. Building on a strategic portfolio of high impact projects, REEEP works to generate energy access, improve lives and economic opportunities, build sustainable markets, and combat climate change.
REEEP understands market change from a practice, policy and financial perspective. We monitor, evaluate and learn from our portfolio to understand opportunities and barriers to success within markets. These insights then influence policy, increase public and private investment, and inform our portfolio strategy to build scale within and replication across markets.
REEEP is committed to open access to knowledge to support entrepreneurship, innovation and policy improvements to empower market shifts across the developing world.

About the CTCN
The Climate Technology Centre & Network facilitates the transfer of climate technologies by providing technical assistance, improving access to technology knowledge, and fostering collaboration among climate technology stakeholders. The CTCN is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism and is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and 11 independent, regional organizations with expertise in climate technologies.

Energy Hackathon Helsinki – short review

I have spend most of last week in Finland’s lovely capital, Helsinki.

My main reason to visit was to attend and present our work at the Energy Hackathon. This event was staged at the Aalto University’s Media Lab and drew together a pretty wide range of interesting people. Backgrounds included developers, energy companies, journalists and students.

Chris Davies, Julia Kloiber, the local energy company and myself  kept our presentations short to leave enough time for some hands-on activity. The day concluded with 8 energy-relevant concepts being developed and showcased. I was part of a jury of three, and the selected winners of the day were: lightbulb.gif Continue reading “Energy Hackathon Helsinki – short review”

Linked Open Data presented in the US

Since our IT Director Florian Bauer has returned from DC, he has recollected some of the most important points of the Linked Open Data workshop on November 12th.  NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and REEEP had teamed for this much-anticipated event in Washington DC.  The 26 attendees at Linked Open Data for Clean Energy came from a wide variety of organizations working in the clean energy and development sector.

Speakers presented some of the potential benefits of using Linked Open Data:

Linked Open Data – The Essentials (a quick start guide on LOD)

Linked Open Data - The EssentialsLinked Open Data (LOD) is a growing trend amongst governments and civil society organisations who understand that the internet now makes the entire storehouse of human knowledge available to anyone, anywhere, through access via computer or mobile device.  To reflect this new reality, many organisations are taking their existing data sets – many of which are in principle in the public domain already – and making them freely available for use and re-use by anyone. REEEP‘s clean energy info portal reegle is one of the main energy portals already using this technology, but we need more … more organisations opening up their datasets and understanding the benefits of doing this.

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Reegle wins “Standard of Excellence” award

Again reegle has good reason to celebrate: we have been awarded the Non-profit Standard of Excellence award by the prestigious Web Marketing Association WMA WebAwards 2011. WMA is a great platform for complementing many of the best works done in the industry.

Reegle, the clean energy information portal has again proved its quality by qualifying as a winning entry in this yearly challenge that is a benchmark for website quality across the globe. Continue reading “Reegle wins “Standard of Excellence” award”

Power consumption, efficiency and Google

In 2009 a story made headlines that is still being brought up today: British newspaper The Sunday Times claimed that a Google search generated large amounts of greenhouse gases; the same amount of carbon as boiling a kettle of water for tea.

Even though later Google later was able to prove that in fact most searches only needed 35 times less carbon than the report suggested the article and general concerns prompted google to investigate the company’s efficiency, power use, and GHG emissions.

A pretty clear example of Google’s low carbon business model is Youtube: watching a video online certainly creates less pollution than buying a DVD that has been manufactured, packaged, shipped and purchased.Wind Energy

Google has a convincing record of environmental efforts; a previous reegle blog on Google’s investments into renewable energy projects has already explored this sincere support of clean energy. They are now helping to create 1.7 GW of renewable power. Continue reading “Power consumption, efficiency and Google”

reegle open data paper wins 1st prize @ ISESS 2011

I am very happy to tell you that our clean energy information portal reegle, which has just reached the milestone of 100,000 users per month (yeah), has also managed to wow a gathering of scientists and IT engineers dealing with environmentally-related software systems including winning an award for the best submitted paper 🙂

The ISESS or International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems is a conference organised by the Masaryk University in cooperation with IFIP, the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency. It was originally started in 1995 as a forum to present and discuss the fundamentals, progress and actual trends in this area in terms of methods, tools and state-of-the-art environmental informatics applications.

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