SME Manufacturing Knowledge Base Wiki overview
Q: What is the Manufacturing Knowledge Base Wiki?
A: SME is undergoing a transformation of its Tooling & Manufacturing Engineers Handbooks (TMEH) into a new online peer-reviewed knowledge resource. This industry content is an encyclopedic reference source originally comprised of nine volumes, a desk edition, dictionary, thesaurus and other derivative works that span major manufacturing technologies and processes. TMEH’s logical organization of content and hundreds of illustrations make the information accessible throughout the current and future manufacturing workforce. Knowledge Foundation areas include, Machining, Forming, Materials, Finishing & Coating, Quality Control & Assembly, Manufacturing Management, Design for Manufacturability, Continuous Improvement, Plastic Part Manufacturing, and Material & Part Handling in Manufacturing.
Q: Who can contribute content to the Manufacturing Knowledge Base Wiki?
A: SME members and subject matter experts can create and contribute manufactring related topics to teh SME Wiki site.
Q: What if I am not a member of SME, can I still contribute content?
A: Yes. SME is currently looking for subject matter experts to engage and participate in updating, reviewing and validating the existing TMEH content while also adding new content. Click on the link http://www.sme.org/wikivolunteer and fill out the form to let your interests be known and SME will follow-up with you directly.
Volunteer Contributor Description
Q: What is the Purpose for this Volunteer initiative?
A: To share manufacturing content to individuals seeking valid manufacturing content and to engage SME members and subject matter experts to contribute and publish manufacturing content on the internationally known platform of SME. The foundation of the wiki is content contained in the Tool and Manufacturing Engineers Handbook (TMEH) series. SME is expanding knowledge sharing experiences by enabling members and subject matter experts to engage, develop and share new content in the peer-reviewed wiki.
Q: What is the scope for contributors?
A: Members, subject matter experts, staff and SME Stakeholders when engaging in the SME Manufacturing Knowledge Base wiki shall adhere to the procedures outlined throughout the SME wiki site.
Q: Does SME provide any training to help a Contributor post content?
A: Yes. If there is a need for additional training to post content it is available upon request.
Q: What are the Volunteer Objectives for contributing content to the SME Wiki?
• Post new content based on industry change and growth
• Suggests edits to existing content
• Willing to post full name and credentials to the public as the content contributor
• Direct experience working in and/or researching the technical area of wiki entry
• Willing to have work reviewed, edited, and verified by other subject matter experts
• Willing to collaborate with other subject matter experts on content creation
• Factual in all contributions and reflect best practices
• Follow SME submission guidelines
• Reference all content submissions to source material
• Minimum time is completion of specified wiki article assignment
Q: What is the process for the SME Peer-Review Workflow?
Q: What credentials are needed, if any, to post content on the SME Wiki?
A: Contributors shall be subject matter experts within the focus area of their profession
- Contributors shall provide a brief biography detailing subject matter expertise/experience in their SME member profile, or provide professional credentials along with the content contributions.
- SME member contributors are members in good standing
- Non-members may contribute to the wiki on an invitation-only basis. Members may recommend non-member to the appropriate SME staff by emailing email@example.com
2.0 Contributor Guidelines
Q: How do I ensure content follows a uniform structure and flow of the wiki?
A: Contributors are responsible and should understand the following procedure before perforning the following content contributions and tasks:
- Materials must be the original work of the contributor.
- Contributions must remain on topic. If the topic is broad, consider breaking the topic into two or more wiki entries or create an entirely new topic as needed.
- All factual information and common methods, processes, and practices should be the focus of your contribution; avoid personal opinion on a topic as this may be unique to your situation and not a reflection of common practice.
- Writing must conform to American English language spelling and grammar rules.
- Metric conversion (in parentheses) should accompany U.S. measures where appropriate.
- Trademarks must be properly cited and shown.
- Content must be complete, accurate, and comply with current standards, to the best of your knowledge.
- Any material deemed libelous, obscene, proprietary, infringing on the rights of others, or unlawful, will be removed and appropriate measures will be taken to censure the contributor up to a full revocation of contributor rights.
- All topics must be tagged with appropriate taxonomy.
- Material must be referenced/sourced, following the Chicago Manual of Style reference citation standards.
- If you wish to use material directly from another publication, you must first acquire content permission for usage from the original publisher of the material for both electronic and print use of the material (photos, text, etc.).
- You may provide the publisher with the Copyright Permission Form contained in this procedure and obtain the required information with signature and submitted to SME at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All uploaded images must contain a caption detailing both the source document and acknowledgement of permission by the copyright holder.
- All text must contain reference to original material at place where cited, with accompanying bibliographic reference at the end of the topic.
- Hyperlinks: you may insert links to other reference sources/materials. All links must be valid and verified.
- 2.2 Image/Graphics Format
- Graphics fall into several categories: line art, charts/graphs, photographs, illustrations, tables, etc. Acceptable image/graphics shall be in one of the following:
- 100 dpi PNG for screen resolution (RGB color model)
- 600 dpi PNG for line art (black and white)
- 300 dpi PNG for grayscale or color (CMYK color model)
- Image resolution must be true to the size at which the graphic will be displayed online or within an 8-1/2” x 11” page.
- JPG images are also acceptable, saved at these same resolutions. Saving a high and a low resolution version is a requirement of our content management system and will ensure the greatest versatility in content use.
- SVG files are also acceptable, but PNG or JPG versions would also need to be saved. Other formats maybe acceptable from the standard Microsoft Office set of programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- You may insert graphic files directly into the wiki entry.
- You must caption each graphic or table file. Numbering within the entry should agree for each type of file, for instance, Table 1, Table 2, etc., Figure 1, Figure 2, Equation 1, Equation 2, etc.
- Caption should describe what the graphic or table is depicting and align with the textual citation.
- Caption should include a reference if it came from another source with permission to use.
- If you wish to use material directly from another publication, you must first acquire content permission usage from the original publisher of the material for both electronic and print use of the material.
- You may provide the publisher with the Copyright Permission Form contained in this procedure and obtain the required information with signature and submitted to SME at email@example.com
- Line art files: Keep the use of cross hatches and fills to a minimum. Though they render well on screen, they do not always print well. Do not use hairline rule widths; we recommend using a rule of no less than .5 point (0.007 in.) and no larger than 2 points.
- Use of color: for all graphics, the use of color is encouraged within the wiki. Please note that color graphics may not, however, print well. Please consider both web and print viewing of the graphic when deciding between color and grayscale graphics.
2.3 Math Equations
Math equations may be inserted using the MathML function within the wiki OR they may be inserted as a graphic file using the standards above, providing screen and high resolution versions.
2.4 Other Images
Contributors may want to insert excel files, tables, charts, graphs, or other images created using desktop business software. All images must be saved as .jpg format for inclusion in the wiki environment.
PDF file formats should help us here with CAD/CAM file formats. Some generic CAD file formats used in engineering file works: DXF, IGES, STEP, STL, XYZ, DWG, ACIS, SVG, etc. If these software systems can export drawings to a PDF file, then SME should be able to upload to our wiki.
2.5 Other Files
Contributors may want to upload or attach a “file” for use by others.
Someone developed a specialized “calculator” in Excel and wants to share it with others in the wiki. You may upload files that are from the standard Microsoft Office set of programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
Please contact SME at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about other file types/formats or if there are issues or questions about content contributions.
2.6 SME Procedures
Contributors to the SME Manufacturing Knowledge Base wiki shall abide by the guidelines and operating principles of the Constitution and Bylaws for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
• SME Leadership Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics
• Cannons of Professional Conduct