Posted by Colin Warwick
Posted updated April 14, 2012. Thanks for your feedback and encouragement. I gave it a try but it became a ghost town and a honeypot for spammers so I shut it down. Try the links below instead.
If the info is out-of-date (as is often the case), I ask them to do site-specific Google search. Using Altera as an example, http://www.google.com/advanced_search?q=IBIS+site:altera.com.
But I’m wondering if there’s a better way than “spray and pray” Googling or burdening a single librarian with hundreds of update requests.
Sooo…How about crowdsourcing?
“Crowd-what-ing,” you say?
‘Crowdsourcing is a neologistic compound of Crowd and Outsourcing for the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing them to a group of people or community, through an “open call” to a large group of people (a crowd) asking for contributions.’
Specifically, I’m wondering if we should create a table off of the IBIS page on wikipedia (or some other wiki) for IC vendors to update their info themselves. It would look something like this prototype I cobbled together.
Please vote in the informal straw poll above and/or leave a comment below.
Post updated April 5, 2010
Thanks to everyone for the feedback and encouragement
There are several options each with pros and cons:
- Web page (or blog) with an appointed honorary librarian
- Wikis e.g. hosted and self-hosted (list of wiki softwares)
- Discussion forums (bulletin boards) e.g. hosted and self-hosted (list of forum softwares)
- Email reflectors like the si-list at http://freelists.org
- Shared document/table like a Google Docs spreadsheet.
- Hybrids of the above like Google Wave which they say is a “next generation” email/collaboration/documentation tool
Here are some issues with each:
- Ease-of-use versus functionality: email is easy to use, but email reflectors and forums have limited searchablity and it’s hard to aggregate threads of (possibility duplicated) conversations.
- WYSIWYG versus markup languages: some wikis and forums require you learn a mark up language.
- “One truth” (conclusion) versus “Let a hundred flowers blossom” (conversation) (yes, I do understand the irony of Mao Zedong’s imperative):
- Wikis attempt to arrive at some sort of consensus between the editors on the readers’ behalf (although there’s usually a discussion page for editors behind the “real” page for readers) whereas
- Discussion Forums let everyone voice their own opinion and each reader has to plow through the threads to draw their own conclusion from the (possibly heated) conversation.
- Reputation: How do you hold a contributor accountable for their contribution? How exclude spam in?
- Privacy: How much info to do I have to submit to sign up? As a reader? As a writer? How to prevent harvesting of personal info by nefarious agents?
- History/reversion: How do we track and undo “bad” edits? How to delete “bad” postings?
- Who pays? There are plenty of “free” hosting sites, usually ad-funded. Do we want an ad free site by paying to self-hosting fee? If so, how do we split the check?
- Structured versus unstructured: Do you want a rigorous database schema (specific column headings/fields for each row/record in (possibly interlinked) tables)? Or more free form? If structured, how to come to a consensus schema?
- Who runs the thing? What are the costs and benefits for the admin?
Below I’ve added a second poll to so you can vote for your favorite: