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Starting an ornithopter community January 22, 2009

Posted by thelifeexamined in How to Use this Website, Introduction.
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This blog has been great as an information accumulator, but it does not provide as much interaction as I’d like the ornithopter research community (i.e. YOU!) to be able to have.  In addition, trying to make it a community tool limits how much I can use it personally.  As a result I set up a social network for ornithopters research at Ning.

How Ornithopters.ning.com Can Help You

This network will be a place where people can get their questions answered, instantly find active researchers in the community, and find information relevant to their research.  It will jump start those new to researching ornithopters thereby helping the community as a whole.

Ning allows people to have their own profiles and link in their own pictures and videos, giving you an instant platform to share the major results of your research with those in the community (ie: those who really care!).  Please take a second to create a profile and start helping build the community by inviting friends and colleagues and posting information!

At Ning, I’ll make blog entries that are akin to “introductions” for given subject areas related to ornithopters.  If any of you would like to contribute an article at Ning or have suggestions for subject material please get in touch.

How Ornithopters.wordpress.com Can Help You

This blog will be refocused to share information I find relevant to the ornithopter community, the work going on at the University of Florida, my perspectives and background, as well as continuing to summarize some of the information resources.

I look forward to meeting you at Ning!

How to Use this Website July 31, 2008

Posted by thelifeexamined in How to Use this Website.
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This website was built to be a tool to facilitate research and collaboration and to more effectively leverage Web 2.0 tools for the ornithopter community (ie YOU and I).  Here’s the bottom line on how to use it:

Keep Up to Date on Technical Papers for Flapping Wings

If you want to find my version of the newest papers online about flapping wings (hand sorted for relevance), see my Google Reader Shared Page.  Otherwise you can just obtain the raw feed as seen in the box to the right.

Titles available from my literature review are summarized in the Literature Review Directory.  Please contact me to request an invite to share the papers through the Box.net account.

Find Out Who’s Doing/Done Research

Authors are listed for all papers in the Literature Review Directory.  There is also a People Directory that has been compiled of people working in the field.  Our team is listed here.

See Ornithopter News

Thanks to Feed Informer and Highbeam you can see what attention that ornithopters are currently getting from major news sources with this feed.  See the box on the bottom right for most recent results.

Be Overwhelmed by Interesting Ornithopter Information

Check out the Friend Feed site for a summary of all updates.

Contact Me

I’m on Facebook at (Robert Love, University of Florida) or on LinkedIN at Robert Love. You can reach me by e-mailing ornithoptersresearch@gmail.com.  I’d appreciate any feedback you may have, especially on how to make this site more useful!

Help Build the Tools

Add yourself as a friend and work with me to bring together Videos from YouTube, Photos from Flickr, and Links from Twine that are relevant to ornithopters.   I have tentatively started an ornithopters wiki as a less authoritative version of the wikipedia page.  If you have thoughts on using a different wiki platform let me know!

For any more details see the Join Up! page.  If you are more interested in the hobby side of ornithopters, please see the Ornithopter Zone website and get involved with their already thriving community through their forums.