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Ekopedia Logo
Screenshot of home page
Web address
Slogan "A more sustainable way of life... You know Why. Here is How!"
Commercial? No
Type of site Internet encyclopedia project on sustainability and Appropriate Technology.
Registration Optional
Available in Multilingual: German, English, Spanish, Esperanto, French, Italian, Polish
Owner Ekopedia Foundation
Created by Jean-Luc Henry
Launched December, 2002
Revenue None (Nonprofit)
Alexa rank positive decrease 385,310 (April 2014)[1]
Current status In a perpetual work-in-progress

Ekopedia is a free (Creative Commons), collaborative (wiki), and multilingual encyclopedia project dedicated in providing answers and spreading practical knowledge related to environmental sustainability. Their goal is to help everyone become more independent and establish the foundation necessary to build a better world.


Created in French and under Free Art License. It was using TWiki wiki application for collaborative edition and in 2004, community decided to migrate to MediaWiki.

The project got over 1000 articles December 10, 2006.[2] In February 2007, English[3] and Esperanto[4] Projects were created. Italian,[5] German[6] and Polish[7] were created in February and March 2008 and the Spanish[8] in November 2008. Ekopedia has about 2500 articles (> 1 800 in French).

The Ekopedia Foundation was created on September 19, 2007[9]

In April 2009, Ekopedia migrated all its contents from Free Art License to Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA-3.0)[10] in order to facilitate content sharing with other projects like WorldHeritage, and Appropedia.

Project details

Ekopedia gives people solutions and practical knowledge in order to act in a more environmentally sound way. Ekopedia is a wiki-based website (like WorldHeritage) using MediaWiki. Ekopedia is now licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0 (after having been under Free Art Licence for more than 6 years).[11]

Ekopedia is developed mainly in French, Polish, and Italian. In 2008, the French Project received 2,3 millions unique visitors and each day, an average of 11,000 people come to visit and participate in the project, which makes Ekopedia the most visited[12] French website focused on ecology and sustainability issues.

Ekopedia articles are organized around 12 topics in order to meet the basic needs of people : Birth, Education, Food, Lodging, Clothing, Art and craft, Thinking, Living together, Health and care, Travel, Play and Communication. There are thus many articles on green building, washable diapers, seasonal vegetables, electric vehicles or even tofu manufacturing.

Ekopedia is differs from WorldHeritage as certain types of content and collaboration are .[13] In contrast to WorldHeritage, Ekopedia content requires a different approach in selecting and writing articles.

Since the end of 2008, Appropedia and Ekopedia Projects are in active collaboration that could lead to a projects merge.[14]

See also


  1. ^ " Site Info".  
  2. ^ "Ekopedia dépasse les 1000 articles" (in Français). 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Ekopedia in English". 2013-01-20. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  4. ^ "Ekopedia in Esperanto" (in Esperanto). 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  5. ^ "Ekopedia in Italian" (in Italiano). Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  6. ^ "Ekopedia in German" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  7. ^ "Ekopedia in Polish" (in Polski). Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  8. ^ "Ekopedia in Spanish" (in Español). 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Ekopedia:Licence-Migration-CC-BY-SA-3.0 - Ekopedia". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  11. ^ "Ekopedia:Copyrights - Ekopedia". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  12. ^ Bilan 2008 du projet
  13. ^ "Ekopedia is different from WorldHeritage" (in Français). 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  14. ^ Ekopedia and Appropedia are adopting a deep but adaptable partnership: Appropedia:Memorandum of Understanding/Ekopedia

Press references

Here is a list of some press references:

  • January 15, 2009: Article "Ekopedia: Une encyclopédie pour construire un monde meilleur" by Virginie Roy from Canoe.
  • January 2, 2009: Interview of Jean-Luc Henry at radio Première heure on Radio-Canada. Listen in mp3 or ogg
  • April 2008: Reportage about Ekopedia on radio le Mouv des campus on Radio-France. Listen in (mp3 or ogg).
  • April 10, 2008: Reportage about Ekopedia on radio Vous Etes Ici on RadioCanada. Listen in (mp3 or ogg)
  • January 11, 2007: the newspaper Metro wrote Ekopedia, le WorldHeritage écolo.
  • December 2, 2006: Magazine Télérama n° 2968 published Critique Internet Ekopedia
  • April 2006 : the book Wikipédia, comprendre et participer wrote about Ekopedia.
  • January 2006 : magazine "Micro Hebdo" (01net) published " : l'encyclo écolo"
  • December 2005: Liberation Newspaper published Ekopedia: L'encyclopédie des alternatives.

Other references could also be found on Ekopedia Foundation Website: [2]

External links

  • (English) Official website
  • (English) Appropedia Project
  • (French) Ekopedia Foundation
  • (French) 2008 Project Results
  • (English) Ekopedia presentation slides
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