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The RIBA launches RIBApedia

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) today launches RIBApedia, an initiative from the Research and Development Department offering an innovative new resource for studying and research.

Aimed at the architectural research community, RIBApedia will form a collaborative and free source of information that anyone can contribute to. The web pages can be easily edited by anyone who has completed a free registration process.

Utilising the same 'mediawiki' software popularly used by Wikipedia, the tool enables users to generate and update information on a number of topics, including:

  • Study guidance and reading lists
  • Research papers and study venues
  • Research and study awards
  • Profiles of research institutions, funding bodies, and practices engaged in research
  • Profiles of schools of architecture - courses, specialisms, bursaries, and awards
  • Profiles of professional societies including student societies and discounted student membership
  • Links to research and study blogs, journals, and online databases
  • Invaluable guidance on obtaining research funding (including worldwide travel scholarships).

RIBApedia can be accessed at: www.ribapedia.com |

Keith Snook , Director of Research and Technical at the RIBA said:

'The RIBA plays a pivotal role in brokering research and facilitating knowledge sharing in the architectural profession. The Research and Development Department is supporting this through the use of innovative 'Web 2.0' technologies, such as wikis, which offer new methods of collaboration and connection across institutional, professional, and geographical boundaries. Through RIBApedia, we're harnessing the collaborative spirit of 'web 2.0' to foster community-led innovation across the architectural research community. Communication between the wider profession and RIBA is now more than ever a two-way channel.'


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