Industrial Ecology 2.0

20 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2010

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Chris B. Davis

Delft University of Technology

Igor Nikolic

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gerard P. J. Dijkema

Delft University of Technology - Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

Abstract

Industrial ecology (IE) is an ambitious field of study where we seek to understand systems using a wide perspective ranging from the scale of molecules to that of the planet. Achieving such a holistic view is challenging and requires collecting, processing, curating, and sharing immense amounts of data and knowledge.

We are not capable of fully achieving this due to the current state of tools used in IE and current community practices. Although we deal with a vastly interconnected world, we are not so good at efficiently interconnecting what we learn about it. This is not a problem unique to IE, and other fields have begun to use tools supported by the World Wide Web to meet these challenges.

We discuss these sets of tools and illustrate how community driven data collection, processing, curation, and sharing is allowing people to achieve more than ever before. In particular, we discuss standards that have been created to allow for interlinking of data dispersed across multiple Web sites. This is currently visible in the Linking Open Data initiative, which among others contains interlinked datasets from the U.S. and U.K. governments, biology databases, and Wikipedia. Since the types of technologies and standards involved are outside the normal scope of work by many industrial ecologists, we attempt to explain the relevance, implications, and benefits through a discussion of many real examples currently on the Web.

From these, we discuss several best practices, which can be enabling factors for how IE and the community can more efficiently and effectively meet its ambitions - an agenda for Industrial Ecology 2.0.

Suggested Citation

Davis, Chris B. and Nikolic, Igor and Dijkema, Gerard P. J., Industrial Ecology 2.0. Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 14, Issue 5, pp. 707-726, October 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1700321 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-9290.2010.00281.x

Chris B. Davis

Delft University of Technology ( email )

Stevinweg 1
Stevinweg 1
Delft, 2628 CN
Netherlands

Igor Nikolic

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gerard P. J. Dijkema

Delft University of Technology - Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

P.O. Box 5015
2600 GB Delft
Netherlands

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