This is a one-off step aside from the mainstream material of this blog, if anything of such a modest scale can be called mainstream. I would like to share an idea related to another subspace of my life, that is my profession of an EDI Technical Analyst.
Ever since I started in this job I have been trying to find active discussion boards where EDI professionals meet to discuss the challenges of their trade, best practices and emerging technologies
A brief research showed that there are a few LinkedIn groups with varying popularity around:
an apparently defunct forum
some company-sponsored websites and blogs
It is evident that a lot of knowledge is distributed all around, but it is difficult to find a platform where it could be consolidated through open discussions and help people to learn, develop and accomplish their projects.
EDI is a mature technology with its own history, terminology, principles and sub-fields. It is well-defined and structured enough to be worth an independent discussion environment. A good choice of such environment is an important part of the overall success.
Having been active on Stack Exchange, particularly, its Math.SE branch, for some time now I came to appreciate the framework that the forums are designed in. Editing tools, filters, tags, voting system, allocation of reputation points besides other functionalities make it a user-friendly, lively, fair and democratic discussion board. I decided to try to give the EDI community a new start in free collaboration and wrote a proposal for a new forum labelled
on SE playground Area51. Everyone who is either professionally involved in EDI, willing to implement data integration tools in their business, or just keen to learn about the classic and cutting edge technologies is welcome to follow, join, contribute and spread the word!