The Wise-Nano.org website has just come online. The site is designed to support collaborative research on the implications of nanotechnology and how to deal with them. In the process, it will produce a body of work on the technology, risks and benefits, and policy.
The site is hosted by CRN and created by CRN's Director of Research, Chris Phoenix. But it is intended to grow far beyond CRN's control, attracting researchers from all over the globe who are concerned about the various aspects of nanotechnology.
It's based on the excellent MediaWiki software, which was written for Wikipedia (the free collaborative encyclopedia), which currently has over a million articles in dozens of languages.
This blog has seen some great discussions. But those discussions became inaccessible as soon as they were finished, because they're not indexed. We will be suggesting that some discussion threads move to Wise-Nano pages, where they can be categorized, summarized, and turned into articles. We will also be posting our Thirty Essential Studies there over the next few weeks.
We expect that these will be just a small fraction of the projects hosted on Wise-Nano.
Please let us know what you think of the site. Were you tempted to add an article or two? Did you? Would you use it to get feedback or help on your projects? Why or why not? What would make it more usable? What would inspire you to tell your friends about it?