PlanetWiki

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PlanetWiki is a structured collection of information about environmental issues. It is an open wiki that anyone can edit.

Objective

PlanetWiki aims to be a trusted source of facts about the problems facing the environment, proposed solutions and the progress made towards those solutions.

As a structured, crowd-sourced repository of information about the environment, PlanetWiki can:

  • Make the issues the environment faces clear and avoid rhetoric.
  • Make it easy for researchers to get an overview of a given topic.
  • Make it easy for journalists and other writers to find reliable information.
  • Hold organisations and governments to account by documenting what action they have taken alongside what they have committed to.

In order to achieve these aims, PlanetWiki must be trusted and clear.

Ensuring Trust

PlanetWiki holds itself to the standards suitable for an encyclopedia.

PlanetWiki follows Wikipedia's core content policies of Verifiability, No Original Research and Neutral Point of View. Follow the links to the main Wikipedia pages for a full description of each.

Verifiability

PlanetWiki's content must come from openly-available, published sources, so readers can check the information for themselves (and edit the content to remove any discrepancies). Citations must be used where appropriate.

"Readers must be able to check that any of the information ... is not just made up. This means all material must be attributable to reliable, published sources. Additionally, quotations and any material challenged or likely to be challenged must be supported by inline citations."

- Wikipedia, 2019-06-30

No Original Research

PlanetWiki is not a platform for publishing primary research, speculations, opinions or discussion.

"The phrase "original research" (OR) is used ... to refer to material — such as facts, allegations, and ideas — for which no reliable, published sources exist. This includes any analysis or synthesis of published material that serves to reach or imply a conclusion not stated by the sources. To demonstrate that you are not adding OR, you must be able to cite reliable, published sources that are directly related to the topic of the article, and directly support the material being presented."

- Wikipedia, 2019-06-30

Neutral Point of View

PlanetWiki aims not to take sides on issues where genuine controversy exists, and not to falsely inflate controversy where little exists.

Here are Wikipedia's guidelines on Neutral Point of View:

  • Avoid stating opinions as facts.
  • Avoid stating seriously contested assertions as facts.
  • Avoid stating facts as opinions.
  • Prefer nonjudgmental language.
  • Indicate the relative prominence of opposing views.

Ensuring Clarity

Clarity is essential when presenting complex and subtle information. PlanetWiki aims to achieve clarity in style of presentation and structure of content.

Style

Written style should avoid verbosity.

Structure

PlanetWiki documents problems and their solutions. The structure of its pages should reflect the logical structure of the problems.

There is a section of the wiki for each problem, for example Climate Change. Each section should address the following questions:

  • Problem: What is the problem and what is known about it?
  • Impact: What effect will it have on the planet as a whole, and on human wellbeing?
  • Solutions: What can be done to mitigate the problem?
  • Commitments: What are individuals or organisations claiming to do about the problem?
  • Actions: What are individuals or organisations actually doing about the problem?