Over the past month, a small group of open-source hardware folks have started building a web site to help the community search, share, and manage all of our EAGLE parts libraries. We've been motivated by the fact that it's difficult to find libraries that contain parts we'd like to use, and even if you do find a library, there's no way to know whether the part is correct without wasting a lot of time examining and verifying it yourself.
SparkFun has done an amazing job sharing their own in-house library, but we think there's a lot more that can be done to increase the quality of library sharing and reduce the amount of duplicated effort in the community.
In short, we want to make it easier for everyone to be building awesome designs without wasting time in the minutia of drawing up every part from scratch.
With this goal in mind, we'd like to hear from you, the community, to find out what sorts of features you'd like to see (and if you're interested at all).
So we've put together a short survey:
Here's the current overall idea of the site:
- Users upload EAGLE parts libraries they would like to share.
- Users can search for parts and add them to their own "collection"
- The site builds a custom library from your collection for you to download and use
- You can keep your collection updated easily through GitHub
- Each part will have a web page where users can provide feedback about that particular part from the library. Commenting and rating the quality and correctness of the library part, whether they've used it in a working design, etc.
- Library providers can also keep their parts updated/bug fixed through GitHub (like SparkFun currently does)
The site itself is:
Right now we're just serving a landing page where you can put yourself on the mailing list. We're still working on the mechanics of the site, but we'll be launching in June.
What do you think?
Would you use a site like this?
Would it be beneficial to the community?