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Sustainability Data Community Initiative

In order to transform the way that buildings and infrastructure are designed today and to ensure a more sustainable built environment – and future – we need a transformative approach, one that leverages the full body of data, knowledge, and expertise that is literally embedded in the built world. We need tools and infrastructures for data and knowledge acquisition, discovery and sharing between communities so collective knowledge, experience and more importantly data, can be pooled and accessed widely. By leveraging the collective knowledge of the wider professional community, the challenges of realizing truly sustainable, energy efficient design can be addressed in an unprecedented fashion.

We have identified target communities that have facets of data relative to the sustainability problem that as of yet have had no motivation or means to share data with the wider community. By gathering – and tethering – a diverse Community of Experts, we will begin building the data community and cyber-infrastructure to utilize it (the data) and also act as a scaffold on which to grow and sustain the community of users. Part of the virtual community/ network research will focus on creating the appropriate mechanisms to enable data contribution and use within a particular community; for example, integration of CI-coursed data into industry-standard tools used by the architectural design community, mobile device applications targeted at the construction and building community, and web portal interfaces targeted at local and national policy planners and government officials to share already existing Linked Open Data (LOD).