Ideas for an Open Source Calibration Database Software

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kgriff

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I've been thinking for several years of beginning development of an open source calibration database/automation program.

It would be something like this:
MySQL database with a PHP front end. (Of course, it doesn't have to be PHP. There are many programmers out there that could much better evaluate PHP vs. other stuff and maybe there is something much better.)

I don't yet have any great ideas as to what would be used for procedure automation.

Of course, I'd like to have cross platform functionality. This is most applicable to calibration automation.

Are there any developers on here that would be willing to begin collaboration on a project like this?
There are lots of calibration packages out there; some good, some not so good. I think in an open source environment, over the course of a few years, we could develop a truly awesome calibration package.

Long term, I'd like to turn this into a true community project. As such, an automated procedure repository could be created that anyone could contribute to. I think we'd see very quick response to new instrumentation on the market, and probably some pretty good procedures.
 
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I'm interested...been thinking about this same thing for a while...I just don't know where I'd have the time.
Working full time (Assistant Director of Operations) and running another business on the side.

Some of my thoughts:
1. Filemaker Pro - True cross platform - no issues, Can be open or closed at developer's preference, cheap ($400/seat for the program...closed runtimes may be distributed for free at developers option and not need the program at all). Allows attachment of pdf, xl, pictures, etc., Adaptable easily to iOS. {No Android support though...}

2. Modular - Using data separation model, the UI can be tweaked based on feedback without harming user data.

3. Facility Modular - Calibration / CA-PA track / OFI - Cont. Improvement / etc / etc

Calibration is enough to start with, but build forward looking.

I am not affiliated with Filemaker...
 

ScottBP

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I once mentioned "open source calibration software" at a NCSLI conference and got some icy cold stares from people who have databases to sell... :notme: But it would be nice to have something that everybody can contribute to and freely exchange ideas, be evaluated and validated by peers, be able to modify to fit different needs, etc., much in the same way open source mathematics packages are done (e.g. GNU Octave, Scilab, NIST Dataplot, etc.) Once upon a time Fluke had a "User contributed procedures" section for their MET/CAL software, but hardly anybody contributed to it, as MET/CAL developers tend to be secretive about their procedures and don't want to give away their hard work for nothing, which is unfortunate, as many labs are forced to "reinvent the wheel" every time, especially when budgets are too tight to "buy" someone else's work.
 
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iamtroll

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Has anyone thought if an open source calibration database is wanted that open source database software such as LibreOffice offers would be an interesting starting point? Those that want large complicated packages are going to go out and buy them anyway.
 
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