Richmond’s Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with an industry-first – a free online wiki for the equipment industry. Using 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. At launch, RitchieWiki is home to 2,000+ pages, 650+ photographs, 9,200+ equipment specifications, and 500+ articles.
“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 Monday. “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.”
Tippett felt that a wiki was the best way to compile information and to ensure availability to the greatest number of users.
“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.”
RitchieWiki has reference-quality material on equipment, manufacturers, people, uses, projects and history. You can find out everything from the length and width of a machine for transporting purposes to the depth an excavator can dig. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will moderate the free site after roll-out to insure reference-quality, encyclopedic material and to keep the spammers out.
Congrats to the Ritchie team on using technology to find a way to pass industry knowledge on to the next generation.