As a long-time Wikipedian, I have contributed often to the English Wikipedia’s coverage of architecture, engineering and construction subjects, and have also taken an active interest in the UK-based Designing Buildings Wiki (launched in late 2012; read my post). Since then, it has grown, and now hosts over 5,000 articles (including a guide to BIM – post), attracting some three million users a year.
As a wiki, it is – like Wikipedia – “open access”, meaning anyone in the industry can edit and improve the wiki, the BIM guide or other articles. There are articles, for example, on project extranets, common data environments (CDE), and BIM collaboration Format (BCF).
The UK’s Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) has just become the latest sponsor of Designing Buildings Wiki. A news release says the relationship will help bridge the gap between theory and practice, adding the practical knowledge of architectural technologists to the property, design and construction professionals already supporting the site. CIAT will be publishing key resources on Designing Buildings Wiki and will encourage its members to become contributors to the ever-growing resource.
Existing sponsors include the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Building, BRE, BSRIA, the Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and U and I Group PLC.