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Offline aep9690

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Wikipedia for Engineering
« on: February 28, 2013, 05:29:33 am »
I had this thought in passing and thought I would throw it out there to see what others thought.  I was working on a circuit design for school and ran into a problem (I won't go into it here), I spent a few hours searching through the internet before turning up something that helped.

I thought that having a wiki for engineering (or electronics engineering specifically) would be extremely helpful.  Someplace where people could talk about the reality associated with designing certain types of circuits, DC-DC converters or battery chargers or whatever.  Knowing the math or theory behind something is one thing but actually implementing it is another thing entirely.

I didn't spend much time looking through Google to see if this exists, I only spent about 15 minutes and my search turned up nothing.  Anyway it would be nice to see what other people think of this idea, maybe it already exists and my quick search missed it.
 

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Re: Wikipedia for Engineering
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2013, 05:51:50 am »
Do it. Hosting is not very expensive. Wikipedia's mediawiki software is free.

And if you manage to solve one particular problem you might get a Nobel price. I call it the electrician problem. Wikipedia suffers from it. You can put up a correct explanation and equation on a wiki. Unavoidably someone will show up and "simplify" it. E.g. replacing 2*pi*f with 377 ...

There is a reason why we old farts still prefer text books from reputable publishers and authors. To be found in a library nearby.
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Re: Wikipedia for Engineering
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 03:15:41 pm »
I second that, as an old fart too... get out their and do it.  %-B
 

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Re: Wikipedia for Engineering
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013, 08:14:48 pm »
There's already a tool--more like a webring with integrated browser add-on than a wiki--called StumbleUpon.  It works with Firefox.   I don't know if it works with another browser.   If you post your email address I'll send you an invitation and the URL if I can find it.     Categories include electrical engineering, electronics parts, physics, and semiconductors.     You can "stumble" within a category, but you cannot "search" within a category.   For that, use a search engine like startpage.com or dogpile.com.
 

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Re: Wikipedia for Engineering
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 09:14:58 pm »
www.eewiki.net

Not really built out, but it's there.

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Re: Wikipedia for Engineering
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 09:29:33 pm »
From that site:
"The purpose of this wiki is to share knowledge and provide a place to learn. It is maintained by the Application Engineers at Digi-Key Corporation."

Interesting.
 

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Re: Wikipedia for Engineering
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2013, 01:58:26 am »
This is similar to what I was thinking of, it seems to be more focused on projects than anything else.
 

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Re: Wikipedia for Engineering
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2013, 06:15:29 am »
There is an attempt at a Wiki electronics textbook:
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Electronics

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Re: Wikipedia for Engineering
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2013, 06:23:23 am »
Thats it
 

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Re: Wikipedia for Engineering
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2013, 08:23:59 am »
 

Offline ivan747

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Re: Wikipedia for Engineering
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2013, 09:37:19 am »
There is an attempt at a Wiki electronics textbook:
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Electronics

Dave.

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