Wiki profiles

We're doing a series of wiki profiles on this blog. We look at the goals of these wiki projects, what has worked, and what hasn't.

Most are wikis that (like Appropedia) cover sustainability - often a very specific subtopic of sustainability - and they form our green wiki blog series. We hope that better understanding will lead to greater collaboration.

Education is also a focus for Appropedia, so as well, we'll be looking at wikis and wiki programs dedicated to education, including students who edit Wikipedia and receive credit.

We also have a table of wikis in the fields of sustainability and international development - 113 at last count, with data including size and activity. Sadly, most of them are inactive. Setting up a wiki is easy enough - establishing an active wiki community is a whole different matter.

If you're part of a wiki team or wiki community that hasn't been mentioned here, please leave a comment, or contact us at @appropedia or on Facebook.We'd love to learn about your project - or perhaps do an interview.

And if you're a green or development wiki that is not in the table - click edit and add yourself.



  1. Andru said,

    August 9, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Hello! Have you seen Practical Plants? It's a CC licensed collaboratively edited plant encyclopedia and database, with a strong focus on plants with edible, material, or medicinal uses, or design functions. We've just launched with over 7000 plant articles, and we're looking for help building a community to create a collective resource for the global community. Drop me an email if you have any questions :)

  2. Chriswaterguy said,

    August 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Thanks Andru, checking it out now. It looks really nicely done. I've heard of the PFAF database, which you've made excellent use of - wasn't aware of the licensing.

    I'd like to do a blog interview with you - let me work out some questions and get in touch with you.