reegle - a new key portal for Open Energy Data

Considering fast development in the web world, reegle has recently undergone a total make-over to establish itself at the forefront of energy and climate information once again!

reegle is a public online resource provided by REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) and REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century), funded by the British Department of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (MINVROM) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW).

Problem & Goals

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.

Measures & Results

Considering fast development in the web world, reegle has recently undergone a total make-over to establish itself at the forefront of energy and climate information once again:

  • reegle is publishing all its data in an open format for free re-use
  • reegle is consuming Open Energy Data from the LOD cloud
  • reegle is the first energy portal to enter the LOD cloud
  • reegle constructs the most extensive thesaurus on RE and CCD
  • reegle offers comprehensive country energy profiles by merging authoritative data
  • reegle has had a design make-over to reflect its top-of-the-league status

reegle as LOD producer/consumer

  • www.reegle.info – well established quality information gateway
  • More than 90,000 users a month
  • Intelligent clean energy search including over 1,000 sources
  • New  portal data.reegle.info launched in 2011

Now available for external free re-use in Linked Open Standard W3C standard on data.reegle.info :

  • over 1,700  clean energy stakeholders worldwide
  • extensive glossary enriched with DBpedia linked data definition (thesaurus)
  • project outcome documents, country policy reports and  DBpedia  country description

reegle.info features overview

  • reegle’s clean energy search is a unique tool to find high quality information on clean energy related topics, searching over 1,000 authoritative sources.
  • As a reegle mesh-up, the country energy profiles provide a comprehensive set of energy-related information on over 200 countries including:
    • Contact details of key stakeholders
    • Overview on policy and regulations
    • Links to project outcome documents programmes and tools
    • Statistical data visualised charts
    • Maps of renewable energy sources
  • reegle’s catalogue of actors and stakeholders contains information on and links to over 1700 ministries, initiatives, partnerships and organizations involved in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • reegle’s extensive glossary based on the thesaurus describes more than 1500 terms on energy and climate compatible development and offers:
    • Definition and synonyms for each term
    • Links to related, broader and narrower terms
    • Visual browser showing how a term is semantically connected - symbolizing the scope of a concept or technology
    • Information from other sources like Wikipedia
  • reegle weblog using the reegle.info climate change glossary wordpress plugin

reegle.info won in June 2011 the best paper award at the ISESS 2011 conference in Brno, Czech Republic

Project Period: 

Mon, 09/21/2009 to Wed, 08/31/2011