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Introducing User Participation!

As we have mentioned in the very first entry of this blog, one of our aims is to build an online community for anyone interested in geotechnical engineering. So far, however, we had only introduced a web site for that. But how can there be an online community without members? There cant’!

So, we are happy to introduce the option for you to sign-up with Geotechpedia!!logon1
You can find the “Log On or Register” option on the top right corner of the site. In order to register with us, all you need to have is an¬†OpenID¬†account. Since most of you probably already have a gmail or yahoo mail account, you do not need to create a new account. Just sign-in using your existing one. You do not therefore need to create yet one more username/password combination.

So what’s the point in signing up?

Well for one you can rate what you see.
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The typical star rating you see in many sites, available for you to pass your judgement on what you come across in Geotechpedia as well.
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Then, just below the ratings, there is the favorite item option…

Favorites are sort of like bookmarks, but specific to Publications, Software and Equipment Records. Since our goal is to provide you with the most information we can find, we also need to provide you with a way to keep track. So each time you come across an entry you like and want to remember, you can just click on the Mark as favorite option and you’re all set!

You can see the list of all your favorite items on your user page, which is available once you click on your username on the login panel on the top right corner:Click on your username

On your user page, you can find a list of all your favorite Publications, Software and Equipment.

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Since Geotechpedia is still under heavy development, you can expect a lot more new features that will enhance your user experience. This is just to get you started. So stay tuned with this blog and will keep you informed of all the upcoming changes…

Getting social

You might have noticed that some familiar buttons have popped-up in the site. social1

Yep, these are the ones!

Since every site nowadays needs a social presence in order to be more noticable, we wouldn’t want to be left behind. In other words, we are very eager for you to introduce us to your friends!

However, you probably have noticed these as well right?
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So what’s the point of having two sets of the same buttons on a page? Well it’s not actually the same set. The set of buttons on the footer of the site have to do with the social aspect of Geotechpedia in whole. If you like the site, send a kind word for us over the internet kind of thing.

The latter set of buttons, appear in the Item view of a Publication/Software/Equipment record. The purpose of this set of buttons, is to share the information about the actual record. If for example, while browsing thourgh the site you come across theExtended Nucleation of the 1999 MW 7.6 IZMIT Erthquake, and find it interesting, you might want to share it with other people.

Just head over to the right pane of the Publication and click on the share option you prefer. If you choose more than one you will make us even happier!

Happy sharing!

Hello world…

… and welcome to Geotechpedia!

Welcome to geotechpedia

Geotechpedia, as we mention in our about page, is a continually growing database of assorted geotechnical engineering information, dedicated to anyone and everyone interested in geotechnical engineering.

However, our goal is not just to build a great database of information. Our main aim, is to create an online community and reference point, for all geotechnical engineers. At the time of this writing, the site is still in beta. We have many scheduled updates to the site and it’s functionality, that will be introduced in the upcoming days and weeks. In the next few weeks we will roll out new features that will make the site more interactive and enhance your user experience. You can follow all the updates to the site through this blog.

We really hope that you will find the site helpful, and that it will add value to all your day to day geotechnical engineering activities.