Technical Links To Support
The FOA's New
Reference Guide To Fiber Optics
Submit Your Links to Fiber Optic Technical Materials
For Listing On The FOA Online Fiber Optic Reference Website
The new FOA Online Fiber Optic Reference Website (http://www.thefoa.org/tech/ref/) is now available for use by everyone. We created it as a comprehensive website on fiber optics to complement our textbooks and Tech Topics website. It is designed for use as a teaching tool for our hundreds of FOA-approved schools and their thousands of students taking CFOT certification classes each year. It’s designed as a technical reference site for the 25,000+ FOA CFOTs certified since 1995. And it’s made available free to everyone interested in fiber optics looking for a single source of comprehensive technical information and lesson plans for self-study on fiber optic topics. Feedback in the first month indicates it’s going to be a very popular site!
Take a look for yourself if you have not seen it yet: http://www.thefoa.org/tech/ref/ and peruse the contents page http://www.thefoa.org/tech/ref/contents.html to see the extent of its content available already. Are we already the largest "library" of fiber optic information on the web? That's what we're being told!
The FOA recognizes that many fiber optic vendors and other organizations have created lots of technical reference materials that are valuable to those working in the industry or studying to become part of it. It will also help us provide an even broader spectrum of information on fiber optics. The problem is making sure those interested can find that material! We think we may have a solution.
The FOA will create an “Information Links” section on our Fiber Optic Reference website. For each contributor, we’ll have a vendor or organization logo, description of materials available and a link to a special page on the vendor’s website listing the materials available. Contributors are free to promote white papers, technical application notes, product literature, or anything they think will be of interest to our audience. Organization listings on the FOA web page will be alphabetical and indexed.
Why should you participate?
And, an added benefit is the FOA has added a unique "Google Custom Search" function to the Fiber Optic Reference Website (see it on the Table of Contents) which will help link people to your technical materials and products!
Participation is free to any organization, but there are some conditions (for everybody but publications- see below):
Magazines & Publications: Because of the large number of articles archived, it's probably easier to link to your search page and provide directions from out site. Just let us know you want to participate!
What will the links page look like on the FOA website? Something like this preliminary page. It includes a few real links already!
What should a contributor page look like: Here's one idea of what we recommend.
Want to contribute?
Questions? Email <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call 760-451-3655.
We hope you can help us organize all that great info out there!