Good news, everyone! Changes to the utility rate template or fields cause small updates on all 29K+ utility rates on OpenEI, which takes time to process. Older versions of mediawiki and semantic mediawiki were not as efficient at handling these. Preliminary results after changing a field and tweaking job run speeds shows a ~60X improvement in speed. Changes to utility rates can now be propagated to the entire database in approximately 35 minutes - before it took more than one day. We are hopeful we will keep seeing various benefits from the upgrade process.
We would like to inform the OpenEI community that OpenEI will be undergoing a significant software upgrade during a maintenance window this weekend. We will be upgrading the wiki and semantic mediawiki portions of OpenEI, which means /datasets, /apps, /lod, /sparql and /community will continue to function normally. Additionally, web services that rely on Ask queries (utility rate database API) may have some downtime as we transition.
We have just updated Semantic Forms on OpenEI to version 2.4 to enable some upgrades to the utility rate forms (thanks Teresa!). If you see any problems in forms you use on OpenEI, please notify us by commenting on this blog entry or emailing us from the contact link on the OpenEI frontpage.
We had an internal OpenEI strategy conversation just this week, and we spoke somewhat indirectly about a list of energy APIs on OpenEI. We have the Energy Hackathon Resource page, but I want to draw energy developers here instead of a plain vanilla page. Wouldn't it be nice to have a list, perhaps a faceted list, of energy APIs, datasets, etc?