Hi Model Railroaders,
The OpenLCB Group have been hard at work for several years designing and developing hardware and software to create the OpenLCB protocols and specification documents. We’ve written 12 documents so-far with only about 3 more to go to reach the milestone of having a set of specification documents that describe a complete system. We need to complete this work ready for adoption at the NMRA’s Board of Directors meeting in February 2015.
We could really do with some help in the following areas:
- We need people to proof-read and validate the Specification and Technical Notes documents. Are they complete? Are they easy enough to read? Are there any typos or grammar that could be improved? Do they contain enough information to develop MRR products – just from the information in the documents?
- We need a technical writer/publicist to work with the OpenLCB and NMRAnet Groups (there is some overlap between them) to develop promotional materials (articles and posters) targeted at end-users (modellers) that describe the overall system and how it can be used on layouts to do new and cool things? These materials would feature on this website and also in the various NMRA publications. The team can provide technical support and help but we need someone who is really good at presenting this type of information as engineering type people tend not to be so good at this…
- Similarly to 2. above we also need to develop promotional materials targeted at manufacturers as their needs are subtly different.
- We’d love to gather a group of modellers who are involved with modular clubs, who would really like to further develop some technologies to address the challenges specific to modular clubs. Being able to show up at a location and assemble the modules and have them automatically discover their arrangement and “just work” in a plug-n-play way. This would include having signalling systems automatically reconfigure to adapt and work correctly. Not only would that be cool – it’s possible, but needs some module specific conventions to be developed.