Our customer, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has won the 2011 WebAward for "outstanding archivement in web development" for it's semantic information portal Reegle . The Competition is the premier award recognition program for Web developers and marketers worldwide organized by the Web Marketing Association.
As Semantic Web Company have had accompanied Reeep during the last years and is responsible for implementation of the awarded portal, we are proud and happy to congratulate. We are even more contended, because the portal is very well accepted by a growing community of people interested in Renewable Energy. This spirit and positive momentum is also stated by Florian Bauer, REEEP's Operations and IT Director:
"Over the last several months we've put a lot of time and effort into improving reegle's usability and enriching its content with high quality data sets from providers such as the UN, Worldbank and OpenEI. With our country energy profiles, we've used these data sets to create a holistic picture that simply didn't exist before. Each profile bring together all relevant information on clean energy for a given country - and there are over 200 of these profiles in place. Since March 2011, our user numbers have jumped by more than 90%, so we're now disseminating high quality information on renewable energy and energy efficiency to more than 150.000 users per month. This is a vital step forward in creating the market conditions for clean energy, which is the whole mission of REEEP as an organisation."
To win the WebAward and to get this good responce from users, encourages the whole team behind reegle, to improve services and implement cutting edge technologies.
Florian Bauer: "We are trying to keep a constant stream of improvements flowing into reegle, and these refinements are usually based on user feedback. In the exploding online environment, it is becoming more and more important for large and independent databases to make themselves more open and more 'searchable.' Tagging is a great way to mark specific information in a document for search, but doing this for thousands of documents is time-consuming and less effective when done manually. We're therefore currently planning to develop an API that offers automatic tagging of documents from the clean energy sector based on our PoolParty Extractor. This will also take advantage of the clean energy and climate change thesaurus in reegle, which will greatly improve efficiency in tagging and categorizing documents."
About the Award:
Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association’s annual WebAward Competition has been setting the standard of excellence for Website development. Independent expert judges from around the world review sites in 96 industries. The best are recognized with a WebAward which helps interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world.
Since the development of an information gateway for renewable energy and energy efficiency in 2005 (launched in NY City in May 2006) reegle.info has been continuously expanded and adapted using innovative and state of the art methods and technologies. The last adaptations - and this is an ongoing process to ensure the position of a worldwide leading key portal for clean energy and climate change - in 2010 / 2011 were in the areas of screen design, usability, implementation of linked (open) data principles and technologies as well as of interactive clean energy maps providing worldwide energy statistics via geo-browsing.