Milestone-Proposal talk:Mechanicville Hydroelectric Facility

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Advocates’ Checklist

  1. Is proposal for an achievement rather than for a person?
  2. Was proposed achievement a significant advance rather than an incremental improvement to an existing technology?
  3. Were there prior or contemporary achievements of a similar nature?
  4. Has the achievement truly led to a functioning, useful, or marketable technology?
  5. Is proposal adequately supported by significant references (minimum of five) such as patents, contemporary newspaper articles, journal articles, or citations to pages in scholarly books? At least one of the references from a peer-reviewed scholarly book or journal article. The full text of the material, not just the references, shall be present. If the supporting texts are copyright-encumbered and cannot be posted on the ETHW for intellectual property reasons, the proposers shall email a copy to the History Center so that it can be forwarded to the advocate. If the advocate does not consider the supporting references sufficient, the advocate may ask the proposer(s) for additional ones.
  6. Are the scholarly references sufficiently recent?
  7. Is proposed citation readable and understandable by the general public?
  8. Does the proposed plaque site fulfill the requirements?
  9. Is the proposal quality comparable to that of IEEE publications?
  10. Scientific and technical units correct? (e.g. km, mm, hertz, etc.) Are acronyms correct and properly upperercased or lowercased?
  11. Date formats correct as specified in Section 6 of Milestones Program Guidelines?,_Plaque_Locations

Reviewers’ Checklist

  1. Is suggested wording of the Plaque Citation accurate?
  2. Is evidence presented in the proposal of sufficient substance and accuracy to support the Plaque Citation?
  3. Does proposed milestone represent a significant technical achievement?
  4. Were there similar or competing achievements? If so, have the proposers adequately described these and their relationship to the achievement being proposed?

Status of Mechanicville milestone proposal -- Krein (talk) 21:23, 10 November 2022 (UTC)

Please note that the proposal has not yet been submitted formally, and the team needs to complete the information (including uploading many of the references they mention in the National Historic Site application).

As the application mentions, Mechanicville is an example of the "flurry" of hydro projects that started soon after the Niagara success. Since "IEEE Milestones recognize innovation and excellence in unique products, services, seminal papers and patents," the most interesting aspect is that the plant is still operational. In many ways, its initial design and operation were not unique and instead are representative of many early generation facilities.

The "IEEE SPECIAL CITATION IN HISTORY" program, although most commonly used for museums and similar sites that preserve knowledge and heritage, specifically mentions "historic sites engaged in the preservation of technical history for their achievement in preserving the history of significant technical achievements in all areas associated with IEEE." I would point out that the Mechanicville site is an excellent example of an important historic site that is actively preserving -- in working form -- early hydro power as a major technical achievement. The proposers might wish to consider this aspect when finalizing the application.