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Biofuels Wiki makes information gathering easier

By Lisa Gibson
Web exclusive posted May 4, 2009, at 12:55 p.m. CST

Disconnected information on biofuels scattered across numerous Web sites and geographical areas can make it difficult to find the right source. The Biofuels Center of North Carolina launched a global wiki in April to address the problem.

The Biofuels Wiki is designed to create a one-stop hub for interconnected information about renewable liquid fuels and establishes a virtual community of biofuels industry experts, agronomists, foresters, entomologists, researchers, environmentalists, college professors and anyone else interested in the future of biofuels, according to the Biofuels Center of North Carolina. Information on the wiki comes from its members, who will post their knowledge on their topic of interest or expertise, sharing it with all other registered members. Edits and additions to topic pages are done in real-time and the more contributors, the cleaner and better the wiki content will be, according to the center.

The wiki makes it possible to educate members and the public about issues related to large-quantity sustainable production of biofuels all in one place, including feedstock, research, training, logistical solutions, policy, commerce and distribution, among others.

Members can find information via search or through cross links between terms and topics. Registration is required to add or change information.

Unlike traditional, static Web sites, wikis allow ongoing creation and collaboration from their members. The Biofuels Wiki also allows for professional networking within the biofuels community, promoting partnerships and providing a window for biofuels companies to find employees and interns through a searchable resume database, according to the center. Companies also may use the wiki to explain their technologies and what makes them unique to potential investors.

For more information or to register on the wiki, visit the homepage at www.biofuelswiki.org
 

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