Ritchie Bros. Launches RitchieWiki.com
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, just rolled out an industry-first - a free online wiki for the equipment industry at www.RitchieWiki.com. Using the software provided by Wikipedia, Ritchie Bros. has created a one-stop public resource for equipment information, one that the community at large can research, read, add to and edit.
"Dave Ritchie, co-founder of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, has always wanted to collect the knowledge and expertise of our company and our customers and gather it in some sort of library or repository," said Clay Tippett, vice president of Internet Services for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers at a press conference held at the MINExpo trade show in Las Vegas on September 22, 2008. "There is a vast body of information about equipment in the world - but it was not all in one place and a lot of it is hard to access."
Mr. Tippett said that a wiki is the best way to compile information and to ensure availability to the greatest number of people. Information can be constantly added, elaborated, and updated democratically by thousands of individual contributors that all have different information to share.
"The effect of a community of contributors is powerful, ensuring accuracy as the group creates and oversees the content, rather than just one author. Our goal is for manufacturers, associations, trade schools, equipment enthusiasts, industry journalists and authors, our customers and employees alike to embrace this new equipment wiki and give it that momentum."
The new equipment wiki, called RitchieWiki, has reference-quality material on equipment, manufacturers, people, uses, projects and history. There are also specifications for more than 9200 different machines and growing. Not only can you find out the length and width of a machine, perhaps for transporting purposes, but you can also find out other information such as the depth an excavator can dig, or the bucket capacity of a wheel loader. There is also a comparison feature on the specifications tool that allows you to evaluate up to four different models of equipment at a time.
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