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  1. energypediaby energypedia UG (haftungsbeschänkt)

  2. About energypedia • Wiki* platform on the Internet • Offering free access to expert information • On renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries • Everyone can read, write, edit, and disseminate articles on energypedia • * Wiki = Software for web sites allowing users not only to read but also to directly edit its content online. 2

  3. About energypedia 2007 • Internal project wiki • Developed within the Dutch-German energy partnershipEnergising Development (EnDev), implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH as internal tool for knowledge and project management. • energypedia was born • EnDev wiki was re-launched as a separate workspace under the now known name "energypedia". From there on energypedia can be read and edited by registered users. • Public launch of energypedia • Energypedia becomes public. Energypedia can be read by unregistered users and its contents can be found via internet research. • energypedia becomes independent • Founded as not-for-profit organization, independent from GIZ. Starts working in own office in April 2012. • Today, energypedia counts more than 790 articles and 2,290 users worldwide 2010 2011 today 3

  4. About energypedia • Key facts* • > 790 articles • > 2,300 registered users • every 5th user is from Africa • every 7th user is from Asia • GIZ projects, energy experts, students, consultants • up to 15,000 unique visitors per month • *March 2013 4

  5. About energypedia • Being a living platform of knowledge on renewable energies and energy efficiency with regard to development cooperation. • By providing the opportunity to share knowledge, experience and lessons learnt with everyone, energypedia helps to improve energy access all around the world. 5

  6. About energypedia • Our Vision • world of free knowledge exchange and mutual learning on renewable energies • sustainable energy access for all. • Our Mission • become a living platform on renewable energies • offering relevant information and • user-friendly knowledge sharing tools 6

  7. How energypedia works • Users ≠ passive consumers • Users create, edit and disseminate content • Direct user interaction • Famous applications: • Social networking sites (e.g. Facebook) • File sharing sites (e.g. YouTube, Flickr) • Wikis (e.g. Wikipedia) • Successful because all users can contribute http://www.epic.co.uk 7

  8. Knowledge sharing is power • “Knowledge is power” • ►less and less true in a world of widespread, inexpensive communications • ►knowledge spreads too quickly to hold power for long • ►rapid innovation makes “old” knowledge quickly obsolete • “Knowledge sharing is power” • ►exchange fosters development, improvement and innovation • Wiki is (only) a knowledge sharing tool • – it won’t solve old knowledge management problems 8

  9. How energypedia works • energypedia • ►connects content • collecting & storing knowledge • publishing knowledge • accessing knowledge 9

  10. How energypedia works • energypedia • ►connects content • collecting & storing knowledge • publishing knowledge • accessing knowledge • ►connects people • groups • discussions 10

  11. How energypedia works • energypedia • ►connects content • collecting & storing knowledge • publishing knowledge • accessing knowledge • ►connects people • groups • discussions • ►connects content with people (knowledge communities) 11

  12. Creating content is absolutely easy 12

  13. Why do people share? • ►People like to share knowledge • More than 80% of all web users who create content, stated “Joy of sharing with others on interesting topics” as a reason for participation* • *(IBM/ZEM Study “Innovation in den Medien 2008”) • ►People need the right audience • Context: People need to know who needs one’s knowledge for what • Motivation: positive feedback from others is important • -> promotes our status as experts • ►People only share voluntarily, no one can ever be forced 13

  14. Challenges of web-based knowledge transfer • Creating the right context / audience • rather same interests than same disciplines • Encouraging feedback / communication • offering user-friendly tools (messaging, discussions, groups, evaluation) • Increasing the community • reaching the critical mass via public relations (90-9-1 rule) • Ensuring quality • quality standards, wiki gardening, quality weeks, encouraging users • Financing measures • fundraising & affiliated consultancy firm • Measuring impacts / success 14

  15. Opportunities of web-based knowledge transfer • Accessibility • from almost everywhere (increasing Internet distribution) • Cross-border and interdisciplinary • connecting people and experiences all around the world • Transparent • who writes what • Efficient • one document version; less emails; linking to information instead of producing it again and again; search functions; databases • Easy-to-use and up-to-date • information can easily be updated by everyone 15

  16. Conclusion • Wiki offers great opportunities but also faces challenges • Success requires the right cultural, technological and organizational conditions • Wiki is only a knowledge sharing tool • Goal is free knowledge on renewable energies to accelerate their distribution and to reduce energy poverty • We need a cultural change • from “Which information shall we make accessible” • to “Which information has to be secured?” 16

  17. gemeinnützige energypedia UG (haftungsbeschränkt)Ludwig-Erhard-Str. 30-3465760 Eschborn T: +49 (0) 6196 / 2029722 E: info@energypedia.info Registergericht: Wiesbaden Eintragungs-Nr. HRB 26032Sitz: Breitenbachstr. 49, 65187 WiesbadenGeschäftsführung: Kilian Reiche