Announcing the E-Cat World LENR Knowledge Base

I am announcing today the creation of a new E-Cat World project — The E-Cat World LENR Knowledge Base (http://kb.e-catworld.com).

As I continue to follow the topics we cover here at E-Cat World, I become increasingly aware that the site works well as a web site works well for keeping up with latest news and developments, but it is not really designed to be a complete reference site. I feel like there is a need for a reference about LENR that could be useful for the non-expert and expert alike, and as more people become aware of the topic I feel like the need for such a site is growing. This is why I have decided to create the LENR Knowledge Base.

There is a growing body of work and developments taking place  in the LENR field which I believe are important to record and organize. When you visit the site you will see that the Knowledge Base has the familiar Wikipedia look and feel because it uses the open source MediaWiki software, which is well developed and well supported by a large user community around the world.  I think using a Wiki structure for a knowledge base is a good option. It allows for familiar organization of articles which is easily searchable, and has the ability to expand as needed. 

For the Knowledge Base to work, it will need input from volunteers. The MediaWiki software allows for this — as we all know from Wikipedia, anyone can create and edit articles there. In our case, however, I have decided that it may not be wise to leave the Knowledge base open to editing by anyone, as I am very familiar with the activity of pathoskeptics and trolls when it comes to the topic of LENR.

So if you would like to be a contributor of the LENR Knowledge Base, please contact me via email expressing your interest. Before you sign up,  make sure that you are in agreement with the basic guidelines which will govern this Knowledge Base which are as follows:

  • The Knowledge Base should cover topics connected with LENR.
  • The Knowledge Base is built on the assumption that LENR is a real phenomenon and a valid field of science and technology, thus it is not a forum for skeptics to try to disprove its reality.
  • The Knowledge Base is a reference site, so entries should be objective and fact-based, rather than subjective and opinion-based. Editors should avoid personal bias, rumors and unverified speculation in their writing.
  • Please cite sources. (Various citation methods using MediaWiki markup code are explained here: Wikipedia:citing sources)
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Do not use the Knowledge Base for self-promotion purposes.
  • Information about people should focus on their professional work in connection with LENR, and not other aspects of their lives. Personal attacks, or information of a scandalous or sensitive nature are not permitted. Do not post content or make comments that are abusive, insulting or libelous.

Registered users who do not follow these guidelines will be subject to having their accounts removed.

The Knowledge Base is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. See here for the conditions of this license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

This is an experiment, and I am not sure how it will turn out. It may not interest many people and it could be a complete flop, and fizzle out.  I think it will take a dedicated group of volunteers for this project to succeed — I certainly cannot build a decent reference for LENR on my own. But I do think this kind of project can work if it is set up right, has the right inupt and so I feel it’s worth trying.

As far as management of this project goes, I will try to play a guiding role in how this works — as the site owner, I will have ultimate decision-making authority — but I hope that the community of contributors itself will largely determine the direction of the project.

If you would be interested in helping contribute to the Knowledge Base, please send an email to [email protected] and let me know what username you would like to use, and I will create an account for you and send you a temporary password via email which you can change after registering. In the subject line of your email, please type ‘Knowledge Base’.

Once you are registered please feel free to contribute in any way you feel would be useful. It could be starting a new article, adding information to existing ones, correcting grammatical errors, improving formatting, etc. — any help will be useful and greatly appreciated!

Frank Acland

  • bachcole

    I just hope that those who help finance MFMP are good Americans. (:->)

  • Nicholas Chandler-Yates

    I know, don’t worry, i don’t spend much time on it. but i do like to keep information in a dialogue on the talk page on wikipedia if people choose to look there.

  • ecatworld

    As Andreas suggested I have created a permanent Knowledge Base thread (top right of the page). This will be a place where we can give updates of new articles and general progress. Also where people can make suggestions for new articles or ideas for the KB. We have 12 new editors on board — but we could use all the help we can get. Just let me know if you’d like an account — [email protected]

  • BroKeeper

    Perhaps topics could be on:
    – Applications
    – Peripherals
    – Accessories
    – Social and world benefits
    – Political and Financial effects

    For instance, I found this improved energy storage accessory.
    It is a cheap and radically improved concept of storing energy in the form of
    pressurized air with efficiencies now approaching 90% from ‘LightSail Energy’
    and scientist Danielle Fong:

    http://www.lightsail.com/
    http://fortune.com/2014/12/31/danielle-fong-lightsail-energy/
    http://www.engineering.com/DesignerEdge/DesignerEdgeArticles/ArticleID/7474/Compressed-Air-Energy-Storage–A-Moonshot-Project.aspx
    http://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/blogs/wiredenterprise/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/lightsail-diagrams.pdf

    If energy can be stored at these efficiencies then the output requirements could be reduced significantly for oscillating demands. 10KW Cats could be met by 5KW Cats or reduce
    the number of 10KW Cats to reduce overall plant size.

    • BroKeeper

      Maybe this is OT but investigating this further I noticed Bill Gates among others are investing in this product. Makes me wonder if he sees the potential connection with LENR/E-Cat. Also GE Energy Financial Services through SustainX.

      • Anthony Richards

        Excellent idea ! Although not quite in Bill Gates’ league financially, I’ve been wondering whether it’s possible to make a small investment punt in a couple of LENR outfits, such as IH or Brillouin – maybe a topic that could be included ?

  • ecatworld

    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. We’ve had some good work done already

    Here are some new articles that have just been created:

    Low Energy Nuclear Reactions http://kb.e-catworld.com/index.php?title=Low_Energy_Nuclear_Reactions
    Organizations Working in LENR http://kb.e-catworld.com/index.php?title=Organizations
    List of LENR Researchers http://kb.e-catworld.com/index.php?title=List_of_LENR_researchers

    Some suggested new topics:

    Martin Fleischmann
    Stanley Pons
    Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project
    Sergio Focardi
    Francesco Piantelli
    Cold Fusion

    Expansion needed:

    Energy Catalyzer
    Andrea Rossi

    • Andreas Moraitis

      Thank you very much, Frank – this appears to be a very useful project.

      Perhaps it would make sense to install a permanent thread where readers can leave short comments on the articles in an ‘unbureaucratic’ way.

      • ecatworld

        Good idea, Andreas! I’ll try and figure that out.

    • David Dragon

      Great info posted today, looks like the Knowledge Base will keep me busy reading. Thx for all your hard work on the site.

    • clovis ray

      Frank add the rossi effect, as we’er not sure if any of the names are correct.

  • Kevin O

    If you just merge this website with Jed Rothwell’s LENR-CANR.org, it creates exactly what you’re talking about.

    • Mats002

      I agree that it is no use with too much overlapping on LENR-CANR. I see LENR-CANR as a library for deep investigating and research. I hope for something lighter and focused on LENR+ only. Because to my understanding this community are very keen on solving humanitarian problems and older versions of LENR is not the solution. The only efficient-economic LENR system we know about now is NiH. Might be more in the future but today that is what we can share information about. Some history and what is not working efficient or kill the process is also of interest but not at all the depth of LENR-CANR.

      • Mats002

        I correct myself about NiH should be the only system we know anything about. BLP, Broillioun and others are in the same LENR+ business but with other systems.

        • clovis ray

          Developers can call what ever they like, but if it looks like a cat, acts like a cat, it better be a duck, or IH, will be wanting you to stop selling their product.

      • ecatworld

        I am hoping the KB can be a reference useful for people both new to the topic of LENR who need a basic overview, and people more experienced who are looking for certain facts and references. LENR+ is what I find most interesting, and is my focus here at ECW, but there is value in historical information too, so both should be in the KB, I think.

        • clovis ray

          I do agree, this could turn out to be a whole new field of science, where none of these names would imply, and it may turn out to be some completely different , even to C/F, as of late i’m beginning to think that superconductivity, is half of the reaction, or at least a large part, along with transmutation, or particle transformation.

    • clovis ray

      I don’t think so ,lol

  • guest

    Suggestions
    > Make a suggested topics page
    > Take precautions to keep entries from being trashed

  • roseland67

    good idea Frank, but you may find it a bit much to manage.
    My company knowledge base contains so much “stuff” the search function rarely works, think it through on exactly how you want to segregate the data input:

    Hardware
    Controls
    Fuels
    Theory
    Calendar
    Replications

    Etc

  • Freethinker

    You do a good job bachcole. It would not hurt if more people commented on the true state of LENR wherever it is opportune, but there are a few more than yourself doing that.

    That said, your pro-activeness with the Google news selection is good, and perhaps more should do that. I do not comment on all I find, as it is not always I feel I have anything to add, or I think it may be counter productive, or I have to sign up to the fiftyeleventh crappy fringe news site, asking for ridiculous information to allow the sign-up, where I prefer to be anonymous.

    Keep up the good job, you are doing mankind a service. But you are not alone.

    BTW: http://www.suchnsuch.com/ do lead to some place. Not saying much though… Was that intended? 🙂

    • Nicholas Chandler-Yates

      im in an active war on the wikipedia talk page for the ecat… largely unsuccessful due to several key skeptics

  • Gerard McEk

    A great idea Frank. I hope that all LENR researchers will use this and make the The KB for LENR!

    I am sure you have collected a tremendous DB already. Will you start filling the KB with that, or leave it to the crowd?

    • ecatworld

      I know we have referenced lots and lots of things here over the years. I will add things I consider most important as I have the time, but help would be appreciated.

      We’re really starting from scratch with this knowledge base

      For example, I have just made a couple of new entries:

      http://kb.e-catworld.com/index.php?title=Andrea_Rossi
      http://kb.e-catworld.com/index.php?title=Energy_Catalyzer

      They are brief for now (Wikpedia calls them ‘stubs’), and anyone is welcome to expand on them or edit.

      • Blazespin

        I think it’d be great to curate the home page to be the most compelling links.

      • georgehants

        Admin on your first link you have put IH acquires Rossi in 2017.
        In which case we are ahead of ourselves. ha.

  • http://magicmusicandmore.com/ Barry

    Good idea Frank. Great evolutionary step for Ecat World.

  • Warthog

    I’m not sure I see the need, given the existence of the LENR/CANR.ORG Library, established and operated by Jed Rothwell. It might be worth some discussion with Jed to see how the LENR “real estate” can be sub-divided to give best results. As I see it, for the SCIENCE of LENR, Jed’s site cannot be beat. Less so for news coverage.

    • http://magicmusicandmore.com/ Barry

      Frank often gets first-hand info, gets CF stories out quickly and we’ve seen the linking of MFMP and Alexander Parkhomov on this site.

      • Warthog

        Which are not attributes of a Knowledge Base, but of exactly what is already available at the existing E-Cat World. As I said, I don’t see the need. Now, a site that would accept FULL PAPERS reporting experimental work, with a commentary section (open peer review) as here would be extremely valuable, and is what I think will be the ultimate future form of scientific publication. No more anonymous reviewers able to backstab and obfuscate.

  • BroKeeper

    Great Frank! I find this a prudent move for future LENR developments and scientific discussions other than the E-Cat bias many, if not most, of us have here in the ECW. Certainly we all hope for IH/Andrea Rossi’s success and leadership in this New Fire; but we should hope for the success of the other LENR contenders to maintain healthy competition and fulfill a variety of needs.
    This Wiki like KB dedicated LENR genre provides that non-biased central repository with quick referencing via linked topics. Hopefully it will provide for serious scientific study and a better informed public.

  • clovis ray

    Hi, guy, This is a great idea, there is enough GRAY MATTER here it should be a very informative knowledge base. I hate going to Wikipedia, smile,

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    • mytakeis

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  • Bernie777

    Thanks Frank, will be a big help!

  • ecatworld

    I look forward to your email.

  • Sanjeev

    Very good idea Frank. I’d like to contribute whatever little I can.
    This will be a good answer to the mostly highjacked pages on wikipedia, which are full of biased info or total disinfo at worst.

  • Freethinker

    It is an excellent idea.

    I hope other initiatives that have been taken to collect information with similar intent can set up pages, in full or by reference. There should be quite a few potential contributers out there.

    Jolly good show, Frank.

    • ecatworld

      Thanks, FT — yes I hope we can reference everything that is relevant. A big job!

  • Ged

    Brilliant idea, and much needed so the field can keep all important parameters straight.

  • Евгений Максимов

    Whether it maybe to lay out own work on the topic LENR?
    Annotation of the article even?

    • ecatworld

      Yes, I hope that researchers will report their own experimental work here.

  • Bob Greenyer

    Great initiative Frank.

  • Valeriy Tarasov

    Does it plan to be only in English or in other langueges too?

    • ecatworld

      Good question, Valeriy — We’re just starting, so it’s English only for now. If this succeeds, we might expand in the future.

      • RyuMaster Gorskov

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    • Sanjeev

      I suggest using Google translate to convert your text into English and then someone will make corrections to it, if needed.

  • Gerrit

    great! A perfect way to collaborate. Count me in.