Why this may be news for some of our readers, we have actually had a fully working mobile version of reegle.info for the last couple of weeks. Considering that a large share of our users come from developing countries, and access reegle.info by their phones, this seemed like a natural step for us.
My favourite thing about being REEEP’s Community Facilitator is the people I get to meet – intelligent, concerned people working across a diverse range of issues, in all types of organisation from small NGOs to enormous International Organisations and governments. The kind of committed people who give up their Federal holiday to attend a workshop on the potential of Linked Open Data (LOD) to support the transition to a clean energy system. That’s exactly what happened last week when, as Denise Recheis reported in the previous post, REEEP and NREL ran a LOD for clean energy workshop in Washington D.C.
REEEP workshops and seminars are always interactive so there’s plenty of chance to hear from all participants. We were particularly excited that Bernadette Hyland, CEO of 3 Round Stones and a pioneer in semantic web technologies, came along. She concluded at the end of the workshop: “It was really exciting to see the first workshop dubbed as a ‘Linked Open Data’ only workshop in DC (and I follow these things!). I commend you for organizing such a useful program, format, venue and the nice ‘take aways’ for the workshop. Thank you.”
My second favourite thing is that I get to learn so much. As I said to the participants, I’m not an expert in LOD – address
Sharing information on clean energy between existing knowledge brokers is crucial to avoid replication and facilitate information dissemination to a broad audience. Our clean energy info portal reegle is, as you probably know, on the forefront of the Linked Open Data movement and we are always very keen to establish new partnerships with other energy portals.
NREL and REEEP have been successfully cooperating using Linked Open Data (LOD) principles and technologies for several months now. Their online information platforms reegle.info and openEI.org use each other’s data and information to enrich both websites – for the benefit of their users.
Martin Kaltenböck from LOD2 has interviewed Jon Weers (NREL) and Florian Bauer (REEEP) and asked how this collaboration has profited them:
Linked 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.
Reegle’s country energy profiles now include even more relevant information for our users! Since reegle has been embracing the principles of (linked) open data, we have bee able to offer you exiting resources such as our comprehensive country energy profiles.