I would like to welcome you in advance to the beginning of a very powerful month. Powerful in several ways:
- I doubt if the EDA Designline, or in fact any Designline in the history of EETimes has ever had anything close to the concentration of design articles, opinions, book excerpts that I will be putting up this month – and all of them will be on the subject of power. I want to thank everyone who has sent me their contributions for this extravaganza, and I hope you as readers will find this to be a useful and educational undertaking.
- At the end of April, when everything has been posted, I intend to use all of the materials in a second and completely different way. Sites, such as EETimes tend to be a news feed. They push information and then it is gone into oblivion almost. Trying to find things from the past is difficult at best, and I know that I for one have never been able to properly fathom the EETimes search engine. A resource will be created that will appear in my weekly newsletter that will link to the head of a tree. The topmost article will contain a subject overview and then provide links to refinements. These will then divide the subject down even further, with design articles, white papers and other materials found at the relevant places.
- This is just the beginning. When articles are submitted in the future, assuming they are about power, they will be added to this hierarchy. It will probably become clear where there are gaps in coverage, or things that need to be updated over time, and when articles are submitted to me, they will be able to let me know where they might like them to appear in that hierarchy. This means that articles are likely to have a much longer shelf life than they ever have in the past.
- I hope, once this has been established, to persuade UBM that this is an area in which companies should be able to direct their advertising/sponsorship dollars – independent of the Designline itself, and those companies should be able to sponsor pages, or parts of the tree. I believe that this will enable startups to have access to much more focused technical areas. Thanks to everyone who responded to my financial email some time back and asked for this type of capability.
- If this is successful, then it will be the first of many and I would hope over time that it is the way in which all information on the EDA Designline, and perhaps other Designlines is stored and organized. Please keep your suggestions coming and then perhaps in a few months we will do this whole thing again on another subject. What would you like the next focus area to be?
This is a completely new undertaking, and I will be doing it with no direct assistance or infrastructure to support it, so please bear with me while I get it all going. If you like the concept, please let me know and let people such as Patrick Mannion
, who is in charge of the Designlines and Rich Pell
, the executive editor, know that you support this kind of information management and perhaps over time we can bring about a change in the way that valuable information is stored and retrieved. We all wished for semantic search on the Internet but that never materialized. Until it does, I hope this is a good second best.Brian Bailey
– keeping you covered
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