This is the first unsolicited email that I've been pleased to get in a long time. In fact, this is really neat.
Think of Instructables meets Hackaday meets Wikipedia within the development context. The very elegant outcome is something called Howtopedia. It's wonderful how-to list arranged in a wiki fashion covering topics that include Healthcare, Energy, Small Business, Food Processing and others.
The email they sent states that Howtopedia is a Swiss non-profit supported by Practical Action (which we covered earlier) and the International Network for Technical Info (INTI). When you look at the site, some of the articles will look familiar if you've checked out Practical Action's technical briefs.
It's community geared and thanks to the wiki metaphor, I can't wait to see what other users contribute. Who knows, I might throw in a recipe or two.
This ties in very well into our previous coverage of open source design initiatives. I hope Howtopedia fares well.
The excerpt below shows a method of refrigeration.
AIDG has lists a similar repository called Appropedia. I'm less familiar with them, but at first glance, Howtopedia seems to have many more articles. They are also available in English, French, and Spanish. Way to go Howtopedia and Practical Action. I'm a fan.
Learn more here.