OpenEI:Organization Re-Org

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Current Structure

The following diagram maps the organization structure currently in OpenEI (7.20.2010).

OpenEI org structure (before).png

A couple items of note:

  • All Companies, Research Institutions, Financial, Networking, Policy Organizations are in Category:Clean Energy Organizations.
  • Organization has its own form.
  • Utility Company uses part of the Organization form.
  • Utility Company is separate from Category:Companies. This was done to avoid labeling Utility Companies as Category:Clean Energy Organizations (see item above).

Problems with Current Structure

This structure presents the following problems:

  • Organizations created with the Form:Organization can get "lost" within the wiki, as there is no good way to differentiate them from other Organizations.
  • Category:Utility Companies does not inherit from Category:Companies.
  • All Companies, Research Institutions, Financial, Networking, Policy Organizations are in Category:Clean Energy Organizations. Only organizations selected as "clean" should be in Category:Clean Energy Organizations.

Suggested Structure

In order to address these problems and better organize the organization structure, the below diagram suggests a re-org of the structure.

OpenEI org structure (after).png

Primary changes are:

  • Organization does not have its own form.
  • Category:Utility Companies inherits from Category:Companies.
  • Category:Government Organizations is added. (Existing Category:U.S. Dept. of Energy National Laboratories inherits from this category).
  • Category:Clean Energy Organizations is no longer a default for all orgs. Instead it is specified per org.
  • Category:Traditional Energy Organizations has been added.

Steps to Implement Suggested Structure

Steps to achieve this re-org:

  • Create new independent Form:Utility Company (and Template:Utility Company) that does not depend on Form:Organization.
  • Query (with ReplaceText) for all orgs that are using Template:Organization. Change them to Utility (or other) Companies.
  • Remove Form:Organization (and Template:Organization).
  • Designate Category:Utility Companies to inherit from Category:Companies.
  • All Companies, Research Institutions, Financial, Networking, Policy Organizations currently in the system should be given template parameter "Category=Clean Energy Organizations". Likely will require using a bot.
  • Clean up "Clean Energy" queries to make sure Category:Clean Energy Organizations is included in the query.
  • Create Category:Traditional Energy Organizations.
  • Create Form:Government Organization (and Template:Government Organization).