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Re: Online library sharing idea


On 08/09/2013 04:21 PM, Rick Walker wrote:
> Here's what I'd like to see:

If I could give you guys Santa Claus's address, I would.  But I don't know it.  So unless
you do know it, I suggest you start by deciding what you are willing to fund, or what
patch you are willing to contribute.

I know precisely what I am willing to do.

If its simply going to be more fun to ask for stuff without deciding how it is going to be
funded, then we should change the name of the mailing list to summertime santa claus.

By the way, I would like a shiny new Suburban, one that does not burn fuel, simply drives
down the road.

All purchase orders and patches will be given serious consideration.


>     1) I can upload my footprints and symbols and they get tagged
>     as "mine".   If I only want to share, but not take, then I
>     can set the system up to only use my twork.
>     2) If I find someone else has a similar esthetic to mine,
>     then I can add their work to my usage list, either
>     individually, or as a group.  So if I decide that "Joe" and I
>     agree on grids, labelling and other criteria, I can select
>     Joe's horde and make it part of my horde.  I can either
>     select only stuff made by Joe, or select all of Joe's horde,
>     which includes things that Joe has selected from other
>     people.  Obviously, my choice depends on how much I trust
>     Joe's stuff.  I can either just a selected number of his footprints,
>     his entire personal library, or all his work and all the community
>     work he thinks is worth adding to his search list. 
>     3) When I select other peoples work to add to my horde, I can
>     select a search order which allows better curated hordes to
>     take precedence over less disciplined work.
> This sort of a mechanism makes it easy for there to spontaneously
> emerge multiple libraries. 
> For instance, I'm constantly annoyed by the lack of consistent scale
> between schematic symbols.  Why should a bypass cap symbol be as big as
> an entire op-amp?  The mechanism I propose would allow simultaneous
> growth of a "high layout density" schematic lib in parallel with a
> "large and airy" schematic lib. 
> If a voting mechanism is included, and some way for people to search for
> various stylistic attributes (density, grid pitch, ansi/euro, etc), then
> people could easily query the system for "the highest voted fine grid,
> ansi library" as their primary horde, and the best voted "low density"
> lib as a fallback. 
> Every person becomes a librarian of their own little niche of
> parts.  Some will curate lots of micros, some will be interested
> in vacuum tubes.  Some will work at the meta level and cherry
> pick the best of different categories to make a more complete
> overall lib with consistent layout style.
> Absent such a mechanism, I'll probably just keep my own private
> libs the way I like them, and plan on building my own symbols for
> every new project.
> There is a certain level of nuance that is required before a
> community horde mechanism is viable or even worth attempting.
> This probably involves some degree of self filtering, searching,
> and intelligent aggregation of multiple efforts into larger
> collections.
> kind regards,
> --
> Rick Walker
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