Wikipedia: PLM Open Source Reference?

It becomes very common to use Wikipedia for most research projects. It becomes an ultimate source of information open for everybody. Do you think Wikipedia can become an open source reference for the information about software for engineering and manufacturing? Kind of Open Source PLM reference place?

What is a good source of knowledge about CAD, PDM, PLM and other systems? What can be used as a consolidated information reference? Think how much time we are spending in discussions about terminology, names, useful practices? What if Wikipedia will become this sort of knowledge? To understand current “state of the art”, I spent some time browsing PLM-related resources on Wikipedia. Here is my list of the references and my conclusion.

Terminology

I found quite complicated to work on well known TLAs. The search for PLM, brings the following definition:
Product lifecycle management, the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product. In addition, multiple searches for relevant terms are available. One of them stated as a PLM (marketing) is very far from product lifecycle management definitions and hardly can be a reference.
Some of other useful links – CADPDMPLMCAECAM. .

Companies

This part of Wikipedia is in a good shape, in my view. Most of the companies are represented. Sometimes, you can find interesting link redirection caused by company acquisitions, renaming and re-branding.

Autodesk
Aras (wasn’t intuitive to find- who may think searching for Corp.?)
Arena Solutions
Bentley Systems (was confused by multiple links to Bentley cars)
Dassault Systems (contains lots of links on deleted pages as a result of re-branding)
SolidWorks
PTC

Siemens PLM (recently renamed as Siemens Industry Software, according to upFront.eZine)

This is, of course, not a full list. I just started to come with some initial list and examples.

Standards

I found as a very complicated task to find PLM related standards. I found STEP (ISO 10303) pages in a relatively good shape. Also, list of “Engineering Standards” returned by Wikipedia search contains a list of interesting resources.

Other Resources

I found PLMPedia as a good resource of information about PLM. The PLMPedia initiative belongs to the Russian forum isicad.

What is my conclusion? I think the industry need to have a good reference source. Wikipedia is an excellent open source reference that can be adopted and used by lots of engineers and developers. These days I can see quality of industry is in supporting “open source reference”. Wikipedia is a good candidate for such information placement.

If you are aware about any additional information resources related to CAD, PLM and other engineering and manufacturing software, please send me links or comment on blog.

Best, Oleg

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  • David Levin

    Oleg,

    I agree with an idea to consolidate CAD/PLM data on the wiki basis. For sure, my http://www.ledas.com is not the only team that uses wiki as an internal concentrator of project or domain related knowledge.

    Thank you for mentioning our PLMpedia and isicad projects. One but important remark: actually the Russian version http://www.PLMpedia.ru pretends to be a full and always updating wiki-based encyclopedia, it contains all main categories and (today) 1259 articles that, as we believe, cover all key points of PLM – in its broad meaning (incl. CAD, CAM, ….) – also companies, products, etc… We have no enough motivations and resources to maintain a corresponding English version but believe that the Russian collection itself reflects a language-independent database for the PLM domain. Of course, I understand that our database can and should be extended: in particular by some examples given by you, Oleg.

    A similar comment regarding http://www.isicad.net which you also mentioned. Its Russian version http://www.isicad.ru is a large web portal today considered in Russia as a leading web resource on CAD/…/PLM. Again, we try to maintain a modest English version but can hardly do it on the level comparable to its Russian prototype.

    Conclusions (addressed to everybody):
    – Wiki base for PLM is OK,
    – Learn Russian for reading and contributing to http://www.PLMpedia.ru and http://www.isicad.ru, and/or
    – Help Ledas-isicad to upgrade English versions and to maintain them.

    Best,
    David Levin,
    levin@ledas.com

  • David, Thank you for your comment! I think, LEDAS /isicad experiment with PLMPedia and your experience is something very important and worth learning. In addition, I can see here a significant “language challenge” for the internet. Language is still a barrier. Maybe this is an opportunity? Just my thoughts.. Best, Oleg

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