OpenEI:Projects/Tools Metadata

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The community Energy Tools Strategic Initiative created an openEI category called "CommunityEnergyTool." There was already a category called "Tool" in OpenEI, and after a couple of naming collisions, it became apparent that we had to deconflict these categories.

We discussed providing separate forms that both fed into a common Tool category, one for community energy tools and one for the Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) page. However, we wanted to leverage each others work, and during a meeting on December 15, 2010, we were able to come up with a merged Tool category that we believe meets the needs of both projects. The details of the decisions reached in that meeting are below.

Participants: Sadie Cox, Jessica Katz, Jorn Aabakken, Ryan Mckeel, Samuel Tobin

We discussed whether to keep a checkbox indicating a CETSI tool, thereby limiting the CETSI search to tools specifically marked for CETSI. We decided against this approach in order to leverage the work of LEDS, at the risk of potentially providing search results that are not applicable to CETSI communities. We can see how this works out and revisit if necessary.

The complete list of properties for the combined tool is as follows:

  • Name
  • Abstract
  • Logo
  • Website
  • Author/Agency/Company/Organization - Same as "Agency/Company/Organization" in the LEDS form.
  • Collaborator - Same as Partner from LEDS. This is for co-authors and co-developers
  • Contributor - intended to provide a field for the person/organization entering the tool into OpenEI to identify itself
  • Sector - Same as LEDS:
    • Energy
    • Land
  • Focus Area - this is the combination of the CETSI Focus Areas and the LEDS subsector. Needs help for hierarchy. Values are:
    • non-renewable energy
    • energy efficiency
    • central plant efficiency
      • Utility Generation
      • District heating and cooling
    • renewable energy
      • biomass
      • biofuels
      • geothermal
      • ground source heat pumps
      • water power
      • hydrogen
      • landfill gas
      • waste to energy
      • anaerobic digestion
      • solar PV
      • Solar Hot Water
      • concentrating solar power
      • solar ventilation preheat
      • solar
      • wind
    • Embodied Energy
      • Food Supply
      • Materials
      • Industrial Processes
      • Other
    • buildings
      • commercial
      • residential
      • other
    • industry
    • transportation
    • forestry
    • agriculture
    • people and policy
    • Economic Development
    • Water Conservation
    • Offsets and Certificates
    • Greenhouse Gas
    • Grid assessment and integration
    • Land Use
  • Phase - Was CETSI "Implementation Phase" - Keeping current CETSI phases: (Name up for debate - Stages?)
    • Bring the right people together
    • Create a vision
    • Determine baseline
    • Evaluate options
    • Develop goals
    • Prepare a plan
    • Get feedback
    • Develop, finance, and implement projects
    • Create early successes
    • Evaluate effectiveness and revise as needed
  • Topic - Retaining LEDS topics; CETSI won't search these:
    • Finance
    • Impact Analysis
    • Implementation
    • Inventories/Projections
    • Low-carbon plans/TNAs/NAMAs
    • Market Analysis
    • Policies/deployment programs
    • co-benefits assessment
    • resource assessment
    • pathways analysis
    • background analysis
    • technology characterizations
  • Resource Type - Replaces CommunityEnergyToolType:
    • Dataset
    • maps
    • modeling tools
    • podcast
    • video
    • presentation
    • webinar
    • workshop
    • publication
    • guide/manual
    • training materials
    • lessons learned / best practices
    • case studies / examples
    • templates
    • online calculator
  • Cost - Same as CETSI Cost:
    • Free
    • Paid
  • User Interface - Same as CETSI:
    • Website
    • Spreadsheet
    • Desktop Application
    • Other
  • Screenshot Image - From LEDS
  • Country - From LEDS
  • UN Region - From LEDS:
    • Central Asia
    • East Asia
    • Pacific
    • Latin America and Caribbean
    • Western Asia & North Africa
    • Northern America
    • South Asia
    • Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Western & Eastern Europe
  • Locality - CETSI Regional focus - Auto populate from "places"
  • Tool Users - from CETSI
  • Relations - New - Links between resources, i.e. this tool uses this dataset
    • Discussed on 12/20/10, we will create a generic "RelatedTo" property that the form-filler can use to link to other OpenEI pages that may or may not exist; later, this can be refined for specific relationships as required, such as "ProducedBy", "ChildOf", "ParentOf"...
  • References - from LEDS

Note: LEDS is eliminating "CLEAN Partner"

Mapping the focus areas to Community Energy Tools Search Terms

The CETSI team decided that the list of focus areas shown above is too long, specific and complex, and that our audience would be better served by a shorter, simpler, list. therefore, we have agreed on the following mapping that will allow the CETSI search tool to present a different set of focus areas to the user. Items in top level of the outline are CETSI search terms; items at the second level will map to the corresponding search term. For example, a serch in CETSI for "Building Energy Efficiency" will return tools tagged as "Energy Efficiency" or "Buildings."

  • Non-renewable Energy
  • Building Energy Efficiency
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Buildings
  • Central Plant Efficiency
    • Utility Generation
    • District Heating and Cooling
  • Biomass
    • Biomass Combustion
    • Biomass Gasification
    • Biomass Pyrolysis
    • Biofuels
    • Landfill Gas
    • Waste to Energy
    • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Geothermal
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Water Power
  • Solar
    • Solar Hot Water
    • Concentrating Solar Power
    • Solar Ventilation Preheat
    • Solar PV
  • Wind
  • Hydrogen
  • Transportation
  • Industry
    • Industrial Processes
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture
  • People and Policy
  • Food Supply
  • Goods and materials
    • Embodied Energy
    • Materials
    • Other
  • Economic Development
  • Water Conservation
  • Offsets and Certificates
  • Greenhouse Gas
  • Grid assessment and integration
  • Land Use