Research Cooperative Review, Issue 26 (31st April, 2014)
The Research Cooperative
A message to all members ( RCR 26)
Greetings from Kyoto (Spring).
Who or what is Ning? Here are some snippets from the Wikipedia entry on Ning :
(That's four years after I first started trying to try building an interactive 'self-building database' of members for the Research Cooperative).
"Ning appeals to people who want to create their own communities and social networks around specific interests with their own visual design, choice of features and member data. The central feature of Ning is that anyone can create their own social network for a particular topic or need, catering to specific membership bases or community needs."
"A Ning community can integrate with online services like Facebook, Twitter, and Google.... people can join a Ning Network using their Facebook or Twitter account, and share content from a Ning Network directly to their [other] accounts."
"Ning, Inc. is owned by Glam Media and... has its headquarters in Palo Alto, California [USA]."
Well, that's all fine and dandy, but Who is Ning? For me, Ning is a great group of staff at the support desk who patiently answer questions from hundreds or thousands of network creators. They can't always make me happy, but they do what they can. They don't own the company, but they are the public face.
Sometime in the next few weeks I will begin the transition.The Ning 3.0 system is still under construction at Ning, but now has most of the features we need to build a new home for The Research Cooperative.
I am not sure how much time this will take, and how much time I can give to the transition, in between work obligations at the Museum.
There might be no visible change while the new site is being set up. Meanwhile, we can continue using the present site as usual.
Thanks in advance for your patience with the transition.
Yours sincerely, Dr Peter Matthews (Admin., Kyoto)
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