Permaculture Definition Database (PDD) Launched
On Thursday May 20th we launched the Permaculture Definition Database (PDD).
A permaculture definition data-what? Okay – let’s just call it the PDD.
Don’t be put off by it’s formal-sounding name. I’m sure we (read: you!) can come up with something much more fun.
Nevertheless, stick around for this short post answering key questions such as:
What Is the PDD?
PDD stands for Permaculture Definition Database.
It’s simply a collection of permaculture definitions. However, it has much more meaning than that.
The PDD looks to collect definitions of permaculture by asking two fundamental questions:
- How do you define permaculture?
- What does permaculture mean to you?
It also asks users to define permaculture in one word. A fun exercise that I’m sure will spring some interesting answers.
These answers are then added to the database. The database enables anyone to read, search and filter any entries.
Eventually, it will provide an exceptional resource of what permaculture is and what it means to people.
Why Have We Launched the PDD?
There are a couple of reasons that lead to the creation of the permaculture definition database.
Firstly, as noted on the database page, everyone’s definition of permaculture varies slightly. Personally, I find that fascinating.
How do they vary? Why do they vary? It made me think – what can we learn from this?
Secondly, nothing like this exists already (please correct me if I’m wrong).
There are hundreds of amazing books, forums, websites, videos and podcasts on permaculture. However, there’s not one central location where permaculture definitions and meanings can be read, share or filtered.
How Can I Add My Permaculture Definition?
It’s super easy to add your definition to the database.
Simply complete this form.
Afterwards, the data will be added to the database table within 24-48 hours.
There shouldn’t any submission issues. However, if you experience any just let us know.
What Details Are Needed?
I know what you’re thinking.
Is this not just a huge personal data collection exercise? It’s not.
The form can be completed completely anonymously.
The only questions we are super interested are those listed above. These alone allow us to create an awesome, content-rich resource for all.
Of course, personal identifiers can enhance entries and not everyone wishes to be anonymous. But it’s up to you what you include.
For further disclosure I’ve provided some further information below.
The first question of the form asks for your name. This can be anything. Your first name, your first and second name, your first name and an initial, your website name or it can be left as “Anonymous”.
I’ve been wondering whether permaculture definitions vary across the world. From location to location. Therefore, the form asks for a location.
Nevertheless, a location does not have to be shared. Instead, type “N/A”.
Website / Social Media Link
As a way to build a stronger network and to give you an opportunity to share your own websites, blogs and work you can choose to add a URL to your submission.
This is totally optional and is not required.
Completing the form does not require submitting an email address.
However, there is an option to sign up to our newsletters. Therefore, if you select yes to this you will need to add an email address to receive them.
So there you have it. The Permaculture Definition Database.
I truly believe it can become an awesome, interesting and fun resource.
If you have any questions, feedback or thoughts then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.
For now, all it requires is for you to submit your own definition.
Oh! And don’t forget to share it with others 🙂