Following the success of the original ‘Linked Open Data: The Essentials’, which was published in 2012, REEEP is proud to present a new, updated edition with a focus on the use of Linked Open Data for climate knowledge brokering.
As part of the SWITCH Africa Green Programme (an initiative funded by the European Union, and implemented by the UNDP; UNOPS; and UNEP), work is being carried out on a South African based project with a core focus on SECP (Sustainable Energy Consumption and Production), a term coined by REEEP.
Climate Tagger is a suite of tools that was originally developed in 2011.
Utilizing the power of Linked Open Data and backed by REEEP's expansive Climate Smart Thesaurus, which was compiled with the help of over 50 experts in the field, Climate Tagger tags online resources with keywords automatically extracted from the text. Users can then choose to make their resources searchable by keywords, to have climate tagger recommend similar resources on their own or other websites, and even to provide definitions and translations for the keywords. The tool currently has around 200 registered users.
Most recently, an IRENA-REEEP collaboration has made possible the development of the brand-new Renewables Tagger: an extensive overhaul of thesaurus content related to renewable energy concepts and terminologies, as well as a new technical feature which allows users to pre-select only this new section of the thesaurus for tagging.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have issued a Call for Partners as they set up a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Education and Technology Centre in Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan.
The global initiative “Powering Agriculture – An Energy Grand Challenge for Development” (PAEGC) together with TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences is launching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Further participating organizations are the Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Tetra Tech, the World Bank, as well as the Center for Development Research (ZEF). The 8-week course, which will run from February 1st to March 27th 2016, introduces challenges and solutions for sustainable energy use in the agriculture and food sector.
This blog article has been written collaboratively by the project team.
Locating good quality and relevant information to help address climate change can be a challenging and time consuming task. Paradoxically, in an increasingly interconnected and information rich world, the sheer volume of information being produced globally and the multiplicity of possible sources can make identifying and accessing the right information for your own particular context and needs increasingly difficult.
One initiative to overcome energy challenges in West Africa's Benin, Mali and Togo is the ‘Energy, Ecodevelopment and Resilience in Africa (EERA)’ project, which focuses on reinforcing national technical and institutional capacities and is implementing a multi-sectoral participatory approach to decision-making in each country. This goes beyond the ministries in charge of energy and includes analyses of national energy systems and policies.