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What is this Wiki about?

This Wiki uses the MediaWiki platform, and was set up to facilitate research and communication between people involved and interested in the field of Eco-Industrial Parks (EIPs). The purpose of this eipWiki is to address the difficulties of conceptualization and analysis of EIPs and to promote collaboration in the field. The primary function of the Wiki is to generate an dynamic database of EIPs around the world, and to serve as a platform for further research in the field (including theory and practice).

Focus of the eipWiki database
  • The eipWiki is accessible by anyone with a computer and an internet connection, and with a free registration the content can be edited and new information can be uploaded.
  • Consistency and data validation is encouraged through the use of semantic forms, which results in structured information, with references stored in a uniform format.
  • Referencing data can be done through the use of preset forms and templates. The eipWiki uses the BibTex format, which is also used by Wikipedia. :These can be exported to be used in scientific articles, by reference management software like Zotero.
  • Users can upload and edit data through customized forms (and also through sources code), which are storded under a defined category; in this case :the EcoIndustrialPark category.
  • Templates are used to determine how the data entered within a category is displayed. A unique webpage is created for every item. A template allows for the display of both structured (like info-boxes on the right) and unstructured data (description on the left). Details, like references and comments can be hidden or displayed.
  • Alongside structured information also unstructured, descriptive information can be added. Structured information can be queried to form tables, maps and graphs.
  • Categories (like the EcoIndustrialPark category) can be queried based on the structured data (properties) entered in the pages. The result of the queries can be displayed on a geographical map, in a table or organised based on other categorisation like the country where the EIP is located.


The eipWiki was presented at the Eco-Efficiency conference in in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands and at the Gordon Research Conference in New Hampshire, USA. The poster introducing the eipWiki can be downloaded here: File:EipPosterWoutersFeldmar.pdf


What is a Wiki?

A wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems. [Wikipedia, 2010, Introduction]. The most known example of a wiki is Wikipedia, which is powered by the software application MediaWiki.


What is a Semantic Wiki?

Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) is an extension of MediaWiki – the wiki application best known for powering Wikipedia – that helps to search, organise, tag, browse, evaluate, and share the wiki's content. While traditional wikis contain only text which computers can neither understand nor evaluate, SMW adds semantic annotations that allow a wiki to function as a collaborative database.(Semantic MediaWiki, 2010)

Industrial Ecology and Eco-Industrial Parks

Industrial Ecology is a scientific field that studies material, energy and social networks within the technosphere, which can be considered as embedded in the biosphere. One specific focus within the IE field has been identifying and stimulating so called symbiotic relationships within industrial networks (like industrial parks or clusters). The realisation of such networks (on regional or cluster level) is referred to as Eco-Industrial Parks (EIPs). Within EIPs by-products of a process are feedstock for other processes, and these are enhanced by cooperation and information sharing between different stakeholders (like the businesses on site, local authorities and the neighbouring residential areas).

The research on EIPs is aiming at, one hand to generate theory for concepts that relate to EIPs, and on the other hand analysing existing instances and stimulating further development of industrial symbiosis (IS) linkages in order to increase eco-efficiency and therefore contribute to sustainable development (SD).

However due to the multidisciplinary nature of the IE field, and the diversity of actors involved inefficiencies can arise in research, which can be addressed by the use of collaborative information communication technologies, such as this eipWiki.

For a collection of definitions on EIPs visit the link You Criteria, which was generated in the process of setting up this Wiki and the EIPEvaluationCriteria by the first year Industrial Ecology Master students in May 2010.