AMEE search engine for carbon and GHGs goes into Beta

AMEE Explorer – the new, user-friendly way to discover data in AMEE, is now in public beta.

AMEE Explorer helps users rapidly find GHG and carbon footprinting data and methodologies:

  • Full-text search: Energy, GHG and carbon footprint data, content and documentation
  • Searchable metadata: tags, provenance and authority
  • Embeded graphics and visualizations
  • Automatic code generation for any AMEE DataItem

AMEE Explorer will eventually replace the current science documentation, the AMEE Wiki.  Take a look and help us ensure it meets your needs: use the black ‘Feedback’ button to report bugs or suggest ideas.

Example: The US E-Grid In AMEE Explorer

US e-grid subregions carbon

In this article, we’ll go through a typical visit to AMEE Explorer, looking up information about the US E-grid by searching AMEE. You may like to try going through the example in another tab in your browser as you read this article.

Let’s imagine you’re interested in seeing what information AMEE has regarding the carbon emissions of the various electricity generating regions of the United States. You visit the site and search for “e-grid“.  The page that comes up in the first link includes documentation, the path for the relevant category in the AMEE API (/business/energy/us/subregion/), an AMEE ‘authority’ level, a provenance URL, and some tags. You can click on ‘Authority’ to see what AMEE means by that term – the approximate ‘trustedness’ of a data-set according to the AMEE Science Team’s analysis. It also includes an embedded graph of the regions’ emissions, live-generated from the AMEE data, and a map.

Viewing detailed data

You’ll see a link to ‘sign in to see item definitions’, and if you sign in with your My AMEE account you’ll be able to see how the inputs and outputs for the algorithm for this category are defined. This information will be useful to those developing carbon emissions calculators or other energy-related applications using AMEE.

Below the item definitions table, you’ll see a list of the regions you can use to ‘drill-down’ and see more information about the AMEE data items. Choose one, and you’ll see the details for that data item – you’ll need to sign-in if you haven’t already.

Automatic code generation

You’ll also notice links to Ruby and Java code generators for that page. If you’re developing an application to use the AMEE API, this is where you’ll find example code showing how to code against the AMEE API for a variety of languages. We’ve only done Ruby and Java so far: please use the feedback button to let us know which other languages you’d find helpful.

Use AMEE Explorer and add your feedback

Try searching it for topics which interest you. For more information, read the Introduction to AMEE Explorer, check out the documentation for the AMEE core categories such as transport or look over the Greenhouse Gas Protocol data stored in AMEE.

Known beta issues

As you may know, search engines take some time (and lots of searches) to tune effectively.  So if you don’t see a result you were expecting, click the “Feedback” tab and tell us what you searched on and what came back instead.  We continue to tune Explorer’s search algorithms and your feedback will be helpful in accelerating that process.

Please contact AMEE today for more information


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