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To search the RWBC's glossary, click the link below:

All entries in the RWBC glossary are written by invited authors. The authors include academics, scientists, researchers, activists, and select writers at large. Our approach with respect to each entry's form, content and length, is similar to the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Each entry has a series of descriptive and definitional fields (filled out by the author using an on-line form). The fields include the term itself, authorship--including author contact information, an abstract, extended essay, illustrative quote, references, and links.

Terms in the glossary include words/concepts, as well as more complicated concept clusters such as categorical labels of discourse (e.g., new regionalism, sustainability science), theory (e.g., urban theory, economic geography) and practice.(e.g., adocacy planning, knowledge networking).


If you have been invited by the RWBC steering group to enter a new term into the glossary, then go to:

At this link you will find an on-line form to fill out and submit electronically. As an author, you will be able to edit your article even after it is submitted (improve it over time with feedback). You must be logged into the RWBC Web site to submit and/or edit your entry in the glossary. To avoid loosing information via the on-line submission process, the text of your article should be prepared in a seperate document --then cut and paste into the on-line form.


Suggestions on how to find good definitions of major concepts in the social sciences.

Semantic Webs and Knowledge Maps
There are some interesting tools you can use to explore the semantic web of meaning (related terminology/ideas) within which concepts are embedded. The Visual Thesaurus , for instance, is an animated display of words and meanings -- a visual representation of the English language. Looking up a word creates a visualization with your word in the center of the display, connected to related words and meanings. You can then click on these words or meanings to explore further.

Another "infocartographic" technology creates knowledge maps as "hyperbolic trees." Click here for an example focused on sustainable development.

The Environmental Protection Agency has created a "Terminology Reference System" (TRS). The TRS is a single resource of environmental terminology. At the site, one can on a letter from A-Z to to retrieve a list of all terms beginning with that letter. Other ways to query TRS information may be found on the Search page.

Examples of the terms that experts in our group can define include:

Rather than take an encyclopedic approach to this task where all terms are relevant, we will target our selection of terms to fit project "ontologies" (click here for background on the meaning of "ontology" in this context).







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