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Hi there! Welcome to the June 2019 instantiation of the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge. Initiated in 2009, and version 1.0 appeared in September 2012. Today we are officially launching version 2.0 of the SEBoK. There are some significant changes implemented in this version in terms of the MedaiWiki software and the capabilities available that are enabled.
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Hi there. Welcome to the May 2020 instantiation of the SEBoK. We are now at version 2.2. If you remember, we celebrated our 7th anniversary last update. Well, this update we are celebrating too. In the month of April 2020, we had our 2 millionth visit since we started. And, we have over 4 million page views since we first rolled out the SEBoK! Month over month usage of the SEBoK continues to grow. That could mean that the editorial staff and authors continue to add value to you our stakeholders and customers or it could mean that Systems Engineering is growing around the world, and we are the “go to” location for that information. I choose to believe it is a bit of both. Thank you for continuing to visit the SEBoK, contribute to its content, and to tell others about this resource.
  
Version 2.0 is the first time we are making use of the multimedia capabilities of the underlying MediaWiki platform. In a few places, you will find audio or video recordings to enhance the user experience. We have also implemented Glossary Bubbles. In the past, if you clicked on a word or term that appeared in the glossary, you were sent to that glossary page. You would then navigate back to the originating page. In Version 2.0, a Glossary Bubble opens with the glossary information, allowing you to remain on the originating page.
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In case you are wondering, here are the top 10 pages visited in April 2020, in order:
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#Stakeholder Needs and Requirements
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#System Requirements
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#Reliability, Availability, Maintainability
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#Types of Systems
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#Types of Models
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#System Life Cycle Process Models: Vee
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#Systems Architecture
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#Systems Engineering Overview
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#Life Cycle Models
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#Logical Architecture Model Development
  
In the short 7.5 years the SEBoK has existed, it has received over 1,600,000 visits, with over 3,200,00 page views. Average visits per month for 2019 is running around 35,000, with approximately 80,000 page views per month. The five most popular pages for the first 3 months of 2019 were:
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So, what is new for Version 2.2?
# Types of Systems (15,119)
 
# Stakeholder Needs and Requirements (12,738)
 
# System Requirements (9,923)
 
# Types of Models (9,597)
 
# Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (8,401)
 
Another new feature we are introducing in this Version 2.0 rollout is attribution. The initial SEBoK was a community project, and an intentional decision was made to not attribute the authors of any single page. Times change. While the SEBoK is not a traditional peer-reviewed media, new articles are reviewed by the Section Editor, the Managing Editor, and the Editor in Chief before publishing. If any of those individuals need an outside opinion, other experts may be asked to review and edit the new article. So, effective in Version 2.0, if a new article is submitted by 1-3 authors, and the content has only recieved minor edits (not a major rewrite by an editor), the authors names will appear at the bottom of the article. It is the intent to also go back through the existing articles and if any warrant the same attribution, this will be done for the next version (V 2.1). The goal of this change is to increase the stable content of the SEBoK by attracting new authors.
 
  
Version 2.0 has the following updates:
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'''First update''', and this is big - notice the IEEE logo on the top of the page has changed from the IEEE Computer Society to the '''IEEE Systems Council'''! We are excited to have them onboard and are already coordinating new contributions and participation of IEEE members. Welcome! I'd also like to thank the IEEE Computer Society for all of their guidance and support of the SEBoK since 2013.
# Glossary Bubbles
 
# Major article attribution in the form of by-lines in the footer of an article
 
# Some multimedia content, which will be continued moving forward
 
# An improved Menu-tree structure
 
# Part 2 updates
 
# Part 3 updates
 
# Part 5 Updates
 
# Updated definitions for System, Engineered System, and Systems Engineering to be consistent with the INCOSE BoD adopted definitions from the INCOSE Fellows
 
# References to the INCOSE Competency Model
 
# General cleanup
 
Where are we headed? Good question. We would like to add some new editors to the editorial board. Some of the founders are beginning to move on, and we are looking for fresh participants. As already mentioned, we are looking for new content and authors. We are looking for original multimedia. If you have recorded, or would like to record some items for the SEBoK, please reach out to Nicole Hutchinson or myself and we will help you. Finally, we see more systems engineering applied across engineering disciplines. We would like to have some articles addressing that aspect of systems engineering.
 
  
That is it for now ... I hope to see you at the International Symposium in Orlando. If you have ideas for the SEBoK, or would like to get involved, be sure to find me there and we can have some coffee and chat. Thanks for your ongoing support.
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'''Second update''' – notice that we have updated the organization of Part 7: Implementation Examples. Examples are now aligned with engineering domains. We hope this makes it easier for you to find relevant examples of Systems Engineering in the real world.
  
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'''Third update''' – in addition to reorganizing Part 7, we have added an entirely new Part to the SEBoK: Part 8, [[Emerging Knowledge]]. Systems Engineering is evolving faster and faster as the world is changing. In Part 8, the SEBoK will endeavor to inform you of trends that are taking root in some of our systems engineering communities. We moved the SE Transformation items from Part 1 to this new part. Additionally, we have added a section for Emerging Research. This is a place to provide pointers to doctoral level systems engineering that has been defended in the recent past.
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'''New articles to check out:'''
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*[[Systems Engineering Principles]]
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*[[Apollo 1 Disaster]]
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I would like to point out some changes in the '''editorial organization''' of the SEBoK. Tom McDermott has agreed to be the Lead Editor for Part 4: Applications of Systems Engineering. Nicole Hutchison, our Managing Editor, will become the Lead Editor for Part 5: Enabling Systems Engineering. Art Pyster is now the Lead Editor for Part 6: Related Disciplines. And finally, Dan DeLaurentis will become the Lead Editor for the new Part 8: Emerging Knowledge. Thank you all for your ongoing commitment to the SEBoK.
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'''OPPORTUNITY''': Finally, we continue to look for ways to add some multimedia to the SEBoK. In this update, we have identified some links to relevant YouTube talks that we believe might be of value to you. However, most of that material was intended for something else. I am looking for one or more amateur videographers and hobbyists to produce a number of 3-5 minute videos on systems engineering specifically for the SEBoK. NO AGENDAS. NO PROMOTIONS. NO ADVERTISEMENTS. Just straight talk on a specific topic of systems engineering. Ideally, these will have good quality, good volume, and great content. I am hoping they do not look like they were shot at a conference or in a classroom. If you are up to this challenge, please contact me at: [mailto:rob@calimar.com rob@calimar.com]. I look forward to your ideas.
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THANK YOU for reading this rather lengthy missive. If you would like to contribute an article to the SEBoK, or have an idea for one, please reach out to me – we always need new articles, video, etc. And, I am still in search of a Lead Editor for Part 3: Systems Engineering and Management. Thanks to all for your ongoing support and readership.
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Latest revision as of 21:50, 13 May 2020

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Hi there. Welcome to the May 2020 instantiation of the SEBoK. We are now at version 2.2. If you remember, we celebrated our 7th anniversary last update. Well, this update we are celebrating too. In the month of April 2020, we had our 2 millionth visit since we started. And, we have over 4 million page views since we first rolled out the SEBoK! Month over month usage of the SEBoK continues to grow. That could mean that the editorial staff and authors continue to add value to you our stakeholders and customers or it could mean that Systems Engineering is growing around the world, and we are the “go to” location for that information. I choose to believe it is a bit of both. Thank you for continuing to visit the SEBoK, contribute to its content, and to tell others about this resource.

In case you are wondering, here are the top 10 pages visited in April 2020, in order:

  1. Stakeholder Needs and Requirements
  2. System Requirements
  3. Reliability, Availability, Maintainability
  4. Types of Systems
  5. Types of Models
  6. System Life Cycle Process Models: Vee
  7. Systems Architecture
  8. Systems Engineering Overview
  9. Life Cycle Models
  10. Logical Architecture Model Development

So, what is new for Version 2.2?

First update, and this is big - notice the IEEE logo on the top of the page has changed from the IEEE Computer Society to the IEEE Systems Council! We are excited to have them onboard and are already coordinating new contributions and participation of IEEE members. Welcome! I'd also like to thank the IEEE Computer Society for all of their guidance and support of the SEBoK since 2013.

Second update – notice that we have updated the organization of Part 7: Implementation Examples. Examples are now aligned with engineering domains. We hope this makes it easier for you to find relevant examples of Systems Engineering in the real world.

Third update – in addition to reorganizing Part 7, we have added an entirely new Part to the SEBoK: Part 8, Emerging Knowledge. Systems Engineering is evolving faster and faster as the world is changing. In Part 8, the SEBoK will endeavor to inform you of trends that are taking root in some of our systems engineering communities. We moved the SE Transformation items from Part 1 to this new part. Additionally, we have added a section for Emerging Research. This is a place to provide pointers to doctoral level systems engineering that has been defended in the recent past.

New articles to check out:

I would like to point out some changes in the editorial organization of the SEBoK. Tom McDermott has agreed to be the Lead Editor for Part 4: Applications of Systems Engineering. Nicole Hutchison, our Managing Editor, will become the Lead Editor for Part 5: Enabling Systems Engineering. Art Pyster is now the Lead Editor for Part 6: Related Disciplines. And finally, Dan DeLaurentis will become the Lead Editor for the new Part 8: Emerging Knowledge. Thank you all for your ongoing commitment to the SEBoK.

OPPORTUNITY: Finally, we continue to look for ways to add some multimedia to the SEBoK. In this update, we have identified some links to relevant YouTube talks that we believe might be of value to you. However, most of that material was intended for something else. I am looking for one or more amateur videographers and hobbyists to produce a number of 3-5 minute videos on systems engineering specifically for the SEBoK. NO AGENDAS. NO PROMOTIONS. NO ADVERTISEMENTS. Just straight talk on a specific topic of systems engineering. Ideally, these will have good quality, good volume, and great content. I am hoping they do not look like they were shot at a conference or in a classroom. If you are up to this challenge, please contact me at: rob@calimar.com. I look forward to your ideas.

THANK YOU for reading this rather lengthy missive. If you would like to contribute an article to the SEBoK, or have an idea for one, please reach out to me – we always need new articles, video, etc. And, I am still in search of a Lead Editor for Part 3: Systems Engineering and Management. Thanks to all for your ongoing support and readership.


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