I liked all, especially the map idea. Thanks.
I wonder one thing more; is it possible to draw a map of this website? This is just my thoughts rather than a serious suggestion, as this will be a technologically tricky work and I hope no one puts too much efforts for this. But a good vizualization technique, if there's any, might be helpful, though "what's new" tap can play the same role. (As I'm not a native English speaker, it takes me a little longer to read, and probably there are many people like me here. Visual techniques can be helpful in such a context.)
One more drawback is that visualization techniques can have counter effects if they are too fancy - when something looks too refined, it might trigger some aversion even.
What I have in mind is something like a tag cloud, or pictures/tools like these;
http://flare.prefuse.org/ (I've just downloaded the program so don't know how to use it. I've just briefly scanned the tutorial and it indeed looks fairly difficult!)
The information on the picture above is here;
Skupin, André . (2004) The World of Geography: Visualizing a Knowledge Domain with Cartographic Means. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 101 (I can't check this information by myself because my registration for the library I had an access to has now expired.)
Some tools for SNA might be useful too. I hope there's someone who knows an easy way (and have time) to do these.
Thanks, Keith. Fixed.
Heesun, if you're looking for a visualization tool that's not too fancy, I've made some OAC wordclouds using Wordle.net (check my album here). We also have some member data here that you can feel free to mash up with other tools: http://openanthcoop.ning.com/forum/topics/the-other-side-of-the-oac
Thanks for sharing those links. Flare looks really fun once you figure out how to use it.
I really like the collaborate idea!
BTW, thanks for the plug about the new project!!! I am hoping to get others interested in both commenting and taking part.
The one thing I miss from the old menu bar is the "My Page" button. Could easily be replaced by turning the name in the personal information block in the upper right hand corner into a link.
Actually, the change was motivated by Ning's conflicting internal content labels. Pages are distinct from Profiles. For instance, "About the OAC" is classified as a page as indicated by its URL: http://openanthcoop.ning.com/page/about-the-oac. The old "My Page" link used to redirect to the profile directory: e.g. http://openanthcoop.ning.com/profile/Fran
Whoever designed the site theme that we're using neglected this distinction. At any rate, it was possible to visit an actual page and see a link to "My Pages" in the body and "My Page" in the header, which is just plain confusing.
John McCreery said:
Thanks, Keith. Now that I know that, it won't be a problem. It is, however, not as intuitively obvious what "Profile" means as it was what "My Page" meant. "Profile" is more elegant from a visual design standpoint. It may, however, violate the core maxim of good webpage design: "Don't make me think."
Thanks for these updates, I'm looking forward to the development of the 'collaborate' function - this is a really good idea!
Anywhere you see the Facebook button (like at the end of my original post and in any blog, forum or media post on the site), you can share the content directly on Facebook. It will prompt you to sign in and/or link your accounts. Also check out the Connections page on your personal profile (http://openanthcoop.ning.com/profiles/connections/edit) to enable social media sharing on various platforms. Ning supports Single Sign On for Google, Facebook and Twitter. Hope this helps!
A. Ashkuff said:
Out of curiosity, is there a way to sync my Facebook and OAE accounts?
I have a decent Facebook following of anthropologists, and it would be nice to raise awareness with updates like, "Ashkuff just posted in Open Anthropology Cooperative's conversation, 'Announcing: Launch of new site features and improvements.'"
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