Working with Enipedia

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[edit] Why create a user account?

Before hitting the edit-button and inputting information, we suggest that you create a user account Login / Create Account . This has several advantages. For one, enipedia is a wiki, where every change and addition is logged. Similar to wikipedia, using an account will list your Username rather than your IP-address in the site-logs. Furthermore, setting-up an account allows you to track enipedia pages, and receive an e-mail when pages of interest to you are modified. This would allow you, for example, to adopt a power plant, a country etc., maintain and watch over the data. Finally, it allows you to give feedback - we maintain EnipediaUse for feedback, thoughts and errors encountered when using Enipedia. Suggestions for additional functionality, new queries, incorporation of datasets are most welcome - your requests may not be implemented immediately, however.

[edit] I have spotted an error in the data, what do I do?

Every power plant page has an "Edit with form" link in the upper right of the screen to guide you through the processes of editing

Correct it! We fully expect for there to be incorrect and missing information. We have setup enipedia as a wiki to make the updating process as easy as possible. You may edit, or, after login, use the "Edit with form" option visible on the top right of every power plant page. This provides a user-friendly way to edit the power plant data.

[edit] I want to help, where do I start?

We have setup pages that point out the white spots in the data. If you want to help us out, and contribute to Enipedia, you may use these pages to see what's needed

At Enipedia, we believe in tracking our sources of data for referencing

  • Power plant references per country - Auto-generated list of references (and accompanying notes) mentioned on the wiki pages for individual power plants in that country. This page automatically gathers all those references together, and can be useful for researchers looking for original sources of data in that country. See Netherlands/Powerplants With References for an example.

[edit] How do I add a new power plant to Enipedia?

If you know of a new power plant being constructed, or if you find that an existing power plant is missing, then you can create its page and database entry by entering its name using the Power Plant Form.

[edit] Why do my updates not show up on Google Earth?

For the time being, any changes made to data on the wiki will not show up on Google Earth instantaneously. The KML files are updated every morning. We're working on setting up a process that would automatically update the Google Earth KML file at shorter regular intervals.

[edit] How can I use the Google Earth Visualization?

We have created a KML file for Google Earth Earth client-16.png of power plant data that you can download and view on your computer using Google Earth. Just start Google Earth, click on "File", "Open", and select the EnipediaPowerPlants.kml you just downloaded. Go to Tools -> Options -> General -> "Show web results in external browser". This will make your webbrowser load any enipedia pages you may want to consult.

We think this way the data on Enipedia is more accessible. Each of the icons displayed indicates the fuel types used by various power plants. Icons with a question mark (Unknown.png) mean that we do not yet have information on their fuel type. The size of the circles around each power plant represents the electrical power output (MWh) as of 2007. When you are zoomed out, you will see the largest plants, while zooming in will reveal even the smallest power plants.

For each of the power plants that you see, there is a corresponding page in enipedia that contains more information on it. By clicking on a power plant's icon, a box pops up that contains the enipedia link to this page. Depending on how Google Earth is set up, once you click on this, the web page will either appear in Google Earth, or a separate web browser.

  • note: loading enipedia pages WITHIN Google Earth may be very slow. This is a problem in Google Earth, the community has been notified.
  • remedy: in Google Earth, go to Tools -> Options -> General -> "Show web results in external browser".

[edit] More Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are there two icons for some power plants? - This means that there are (at least) two fuel types specified for that power plant. The size of the circle indicates the total power output for all of the fuel inputs.
  • Why are there multiple power plants in the same exact location? - In this case, the location of the actual power plant may not be known, and the coordinates may reflect the nearest city, or in extreme cases they may in the geographic center of the country, if no city or region is specified.
  • What if I find a problem? - You can create an account and edit the page yourself. For more complicated issues, you can add to the Report a Problem page, or to the discussion page that accompanies every wiki page.
  • Why does the system take so long to respond when new information has been input? Behind the scenes, enipedia uses advanced, state-of-the-art software. When new data is input, the database has to be updated, which often requires scanning and updating multiple pages and database items.

[edit] Some useful links

  • Category:Powerplant - List of all the power plants in the world.
  • Country pages - this gives various overviews of the energy situation in different countries. Among other aspects, these show per country the top power plants, market share of power companies, and imports and exports of natural gas.
  • Power plant queries - demo of different queries that can be done using the data.
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