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The Ieee Pathfinder On Power And Energy: A Living Document For Selecting And Filtering Web Based Resources

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

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9.1266.1 - 9.1266.11

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Peter Wiesner

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Session # 1793

The IEEE Pathfinder on Power and Energy: A Living Document for Selecting and Filtering Web-based Resources Peter Wiesner, Mary Jane Miller IEEE Corporate Strategies and Communications/IEEE Operations- Library

Noel N. Schulz Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mississippi State University

Karen Miu Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University


IEEE obtained a small grant from the National Science Foundation to identify and make accessible tutorial materials that would help students and the public to understand the basics about power and energy. Although many excellent resources on power and energy are available on the Web, users lack access to online tools to discover vetted resources on the Internet. This paper makes a case for developing “pathfinders” to help engineering students and other users navigate the Web for technical resources. It describes the completed IEEE Pathfinder on Power and Energy and IEEE’s use of content management tools to enable IEEE volunteers from the IEEE Power Engineering Society to maintain it.

“Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink”

The quest of finding information in the sea of data can be fraught with challenges even for knowledgeable users. A search may yield interesting results, but what information is available concerning the quality and credibility of data? Is there a credible vetting process for pointing to what is important and relevant for students?

Since the August 2003 Blackout in the Northeast, the Web has provided abundant technical information related to electric power systems and blackouts. But what is really needed by the general public is a readily accessible explanation of how power is generated and distributed. Professionals outside of engineering need quick introductions to technical problems and issues pertaining to policy matters related to power and energy. Although the Internet leads users to valuable resources quickly, there is a need to filter the vast amount of information available online.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering, Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Wiesner, P., & Miu, K. (2004, June), The Ieee Pathfinder On Power And Energy: A Living Document For Selecting And Filtering Web Based Resources Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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