is affiliated with the Cambridge
Entomological Club, the second oldest entomological society
in North America.
Goal of v1.0
The goal of web.entclub.org v1.0 is to build an online community where entomology enthusiasts, whether they're novices or experts, can intermingle and easily share knowledge and experiences related to entomology. It is essential that all content on the site serve this goal so that the community remains focused and is useful to users with diverse backgrounds in entomology.
What makes web.entclub.org different from other online
communities is the ability to associate a forum posting with
images and insect specimen records. Forum postings are not
limited to being textual communication between two users
consisting of only question-answer type discussions. Instead,
forum postings can also have images associated with
them. Perhaps the user wants to share a rare insect image he
took, or he wants someone to help him identify an insect he has
never seen before.
Forums are the portals to discussions in the online community. A
forum is defined by the entomological topics within its scope,
and it serves to focus and organize discussions.
Insect specimens are part of what makes web.entclub.org
different from other online communities related to
entomology. An insect specimen record is similar to a real life
specimen in an insect collection, where images of the specimen
replace the actual live specimen. Therefore, the specimens
online can eventually become an online insect collection shared
by the web community.
Articles are part of the inital magnet content on the site and can be about anything, including information related to the Cambridge Entomological Club, instructions for collecting and photographing insects, and general information about entomology and insects. The articles section is a place where users who are new to the site or new to entomology can learn enough about the site and enotmology, so that they can quickly become active participants in the forums and active members on the site.
The site calendar is where events related to the Cambridge Entomological Club and the online community are posted. Calendar events can be club meetings, seminars, lectures, and any events the members of the online community organize amongst themselves, such as field trips to collect or study insects.
The features described above are the key features that serve to make web.entclub.org unique from other online communities related to entomology. Additional features the site provide include the following: