Wikicircle is an open platform that provides access to more uniform information for consumers, free market research and market exposure to producers, and a decline in the use of non-recycle consumer goods, benefiting the environment.
Consumers can use WikiCIRCLE to find products that best match their daily habits, economic status and geographic location. WikiCIRCLE will also follow-up with consumers if they allow, to inquire as to whether or not a product was used.
Producers of consumer goods can enter in their product in WikiCIRCLE. They will have access to web traffic data, number of likes for a product and number of ultimate purchases as available. Competitors can see how many of their competitor’s products sold.
Anyone can enter in a new product on WikiCIRCLE. It can be as simple as uploading a picture of the product from a mobile phone or using one’s finger to draw on the screen. Yet, for a product to have full publicity and to be included in market data, the product entry must meet certain minimum content guidelines.
A full uploaded product will have product specs, including materials used, geographic availability and intended uses. A complete entry will also have information on the source of the materials and information on what happens to the product after use.
Crowd Sourced Scientific Data
A Shibboleth of sorts will be used; based on primary materials, or class of product there will be a default question that someone must answer correctly in order to enter information on the sustainability merits of a product.
One of the prime motivators for WikiCIRCLE, is reducing redundancy and instead further pushing the envelope on sustainable development. Initially prompting for brand name, use and the use of hand drawings of the product will be means of comparing products. With time improving artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to compare images, hand drawings and product descriptions.
In order to make the platform easier to use on mobile devices around the world, there will be a heavy reliance on images and the minimum amount of text needed. The intention is that, similar to Wikipedia, WikiCIRCLE will be a platform that is translated into multiple languages.
Hosting of Platform
Similar to Wikipedia, it is intended that WikiCIRCLE is overseen and paid for by a foundation. Initially this service will be hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to insure that access is available within China.