What source do you use for textile information? When I write a blog or an article I consult my textile reference library books (yes real paper books) and then verify the information with Textiles Intelligence There are a few other online resources with additional information: Textile Dictionary, FabricLink which is a Textile dictionary from Canada Fashion and Design and also TexSite.Info
Wikipedia is a source for information that anyone can edit. Although some of the information on Wiki is correct, it isn’t always easy to explain the difference between fibers. Any information should be checked and verified.
When we first started Fabrics.net back in 1996 we had requests for information or definitions of textile terms so we spent hours researching and writing. During the following years we were proofed by many who had corrections in grammar, punctuation and information. We still update, correct, improve and expand our information thanks to you all.
About 10 years ago as we were visiting other fabric web sites we noticed that their written information really looked familiar….imagine our surprise when we checked and realized that our information was copied word for word by another web site? We were flattered until we realized that the information that we had worked so hard to assemble was not only being used by another web site but the other web sites did not credit Fabrics.net as the author and indicated that they had a copyright on the information. We now use Copyscape Plagiarism Checker and Copysentry checks the internet weekly for web pages that have copied our information.
Infogineering has a good blog on information overload! Understanding Information Overload – Infogineering – Master Your Information
Poorly created information sources (especially online), which. Are not simplified or filtered to make them shorter. Are not written clearly, so people have to spend more time understanding them. Contain factual errors or inconsistencies – requiring further research.
I hope that some of our sources and web sites that we have listed above are helpful to you all.