User talk:Rasmus

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11:35, 21 January 2011 (PST) Yes, I would love to be on a team to clean up the wiki. Would you describe the process you've been going through to consolidate so that I can work in a similar manner? How have you been deciding which things are too fragmented and which things are missing? What needs attention right now, in your opinion? 

I did some work consolidating on one page, How can I help?, and have been working on improving the FAQ, but lately I've been having trouble framing a problem space for myself. I need some direction. I was thinking about updating the site header, but I am having trouble figuring out how to make it make sense in terms of both Conor's topical outline and the new definition of the GVCS from the Proposal 2012. At this point I think it would be better to attack that particular issue later in the process of clean-up.

@ - Recently, I have been categorizing a number of pages. Came across many very small ones, with only one or two lines. Those could be consolidated into larger pages. In terms of what to do, that's for the clean-up crew to decide. Here is an email I recently sent to Elifarley (cc:Marcin) :

Hi Elifarley, I have been updating a number of pages on the OSE wiki recently. More and more I am noticing the need for a large-scale wiki overhaul. The wiki has grown over ~ 4 years and, like a garden, needs some maintenance. Perhaps we can get a team together to do "the great wiki clean-up of 2011". This should accomplish the following goals and more:

- merging small, often uncategorized pages into larger ones; deleting pages that are no longer needed, have been consolidated into larger ones. Consolidating team will make sure that no new broken links are created.

- improved overview/accessibility on the main page (examples: or For example, the link list on the left side of the wiki needs should include a link to the essential category metalworks

- many of the main pages ("nodes") should have a section on product ecology (interaction, interchangeability, synergies etc.). I have started putting together such sections in the pages on heliostat, bicycle power andcompressed air, for example.

- (Marcin's input needed): possible revision of basic GVCS technologies (is "compressed fuel gas" really such a good idea ? and if not, shouldn't alternatives be more prominently featured on the wiki (ethanol, methanol, methane, biogas) ?

I therefore propose that a working group be formed that will come up with a plan for the wiki cleanup. A blog post and Facebook post is made to reach anybody interested in participating.

Cheers, Rasmus

I need to read Proposal 2012 first to see what the direction is.

09:34, 2 February 2011 (PST)Along with your idea to emulate Ekopedia (which emulates Wikipedia), I posted a rough draft of a main page organization on Talk:Main Page. What are your thoughts?

Rasmus,thanks for wikifing the DIYLILCNC article--Eleftherios Kosmas 18:21, 13 February 2011 (PST)

re: "Openstructures" \

Thanks Rasmus, it's a really interesting project. I think we can built on Openstructures and expand further. I like the "Ikea-ish" way a person can create stuff.--Eleftherios Kosmas 14:02, 19 February 2011 (PST)

re: biochar economy

Hi Rasmus, my email confirmation didn't previously work. I've built on your super biochar economy theme in a proposal with MIT's Climate CoLab, including your great image. Please see what you think at You're very welcome to join the team, comment and click 'support'. Many thanks, James Greyson 22nd Sept 2011

  • Funny, this link to Climate CoLab recently made it through the biochar offsets group on linkedin. I don't know who these MIT people are but would be interested in collaborating and contributing to this project. That picture did not actually come from me, not sure who drew it. These biochar related ideas pop up throughout stuff I have posted on the OSE wiki. Examples include Aerial Ropeways, the Steam Powered Wood Chipper and many others. I also wrote a paper on the "biochar powered household" but never published it. --Rasmus 15:50, 22 September 2011 (CEST)
  • Thanks Rasmus, great to see your comment and support on the proposal. You're very welcome to join yourself onto the team for this proposal - just click the team tab at The proposals on the CoLab are open-sourced so can come from anyone. I happen to work with them as a moderator for the site as well so happy to help if any questions. You can send messages from my profile - click on blindspotter anywhere on the CoLab. I've added coppicing to the text and referred to your list of other ideas. Biochar powered household sounds wonderful. Would you like to put it up on a site somewhere and we can then link it into the CoLab proposal? James
  • One of the comments indicates that your proposal is too broad, that it will not get off the ground because hundreds of societal institutions would need to change. This might be true, but it's also true that hundreds of institutions DO HAVE TO CHANGE anyway if they want to have a future in a more carbon- and energy-constrained world that is inevitably coming. --Rasmus 18:53, 22 September 2011 (CEST)
  • I agree. Please jump in and add your voice in response to that comment if you wish. I've probably missed things in my replies.