Near-Infrared Spectroscopy at Wikipedia

Anonymous's picture

Hello All,

I recently accessed the "Near-Infrared Spectroscopy" page at Wikipedia (, and noted that it's heavily skewed in the way of medical applications and optical coherence tomography (OCT).

I'm not experienced with Wikipedia, but I assume some of the forum users are, and some may be interested to add or excise content so that the topic is more representative of the field as a whole.

Daniel Sanborn
tec5USA, Inc.

td's picture

Hello Daniel,
I agree with you!
It's NIR spectroscopy but NOT as we know it. How can you write an introduction to NIR without mentioning Karl Norris?
Some time ago (probably 20C) Christian Paul brought this article to my attention and told me I shold do somwething about it. I agreed with him but regret that I did nothing.
Perhaps it is time ICNIRS set up a group to produce a more accurate, less biased and more extensive introdction. To begin at the begining, the internationally agreed (IUPAC 1984) definition for the wavelength range of near infrared is 780-2500 nm.  (not 700-2500 nm.).
I suspect that Karl would be pleased to see the growth of medical applications, which he predicted in 1983!
Best wishes,

ianm's picture

It appears that editing Wikipedia entries is really simple. There is an Edit tab; click on this and you can change whatever you want! I have corrected the wavelength range as Tony has pointed out.

Rather than trying to construct the perfect entry in one go, let us all spend a few minutes every now and then and make some small changes/additions to produce an entry that more accurately reflects the huge breadth of NIR applications.

Who's next?


P.S. Tony: do you have, or could you add, the IUPAC reference?

ianm's picture

Posted on behalf of Howard Mark by Ian Michael

I agree with both of you guys. I saw that page many years ago and noted the minor role played by industrial NIR - and that it didn't even mention Karl!

I tried to enter a correction, to enhance the discussion of industrial NIR and at least introduce Karl's work into the article.

But what is also part of Wikipedia is that there are editors. I forget what their stated role is, but despite that I followed all the rules, my revisions never appeared. I assume that the editors didn't allow my revisions to pass whatever criteria they use to keep out us riff-raff. So while it seems simple to add information, in practice it seems that there are some unforeseen issues in trying to do so.




ianm's picture

Oh well, we'll have to wait and see how long the wavelength change sticks!

Tony: we may need that reference!


Morris's picture

Hi Daniel,
Teck5 are members of the Centre for Process analytics and Control Technology (CPACT ).  As such we can give you a lot of help with your calibration issues. Please sign onto the CPACT web page to contact us.
Regards Julian Morris (Technical Director)

DSanbornTec5's picture

Thank you Tony & Ian, I'm relatively new to this (the NIR Discussion Forum), so I just noticed your comments. I'm happy to have the support from some industry colleagues! I've never attempted live Wikipedia changes, but I'll try to make simple changes as well to determine if they are accepted and stick. I don't know if registration for a Wikipedia account will simplify the process or otherwise make it more effective, but I will attempt that as well.