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    In late 2006, the web forum iMechanica was launched at

    The forum is an interactive discussion forum and multi-user blog for
    people interested in mechanics and including a large proportion with
    interests in biomechanics.

    The site includes a range of information in both general mechanics
    and biomechanics including, but not limited to, conference
    announcements, job postings , opinions, and technical forums.
    Further details are contained in the text below, including the
    mechanism for posting a job opening or conference announcement.

    Introducing iMechanica

    iMechanica ( aims to use the Internet to
    enhance communications among mechanicians, and to pave a way to evolve
    all knowledge of mechanics online. iMechanica is hosted on a server at
    Harvard University. A growing team of fellow mechanicians volunteer to
    serve as architects and moderators. iMechanica is free: writers are
    free to post, and readers are free to read.

    You can read every post without registering. To write in iMechanica,
    you need to register for a free account. You can post findings in your
    lab and observations of a working day, exhilarating or otherwise. You
    can post advertisements of conferences and jobs. You can upload
    preprints of your recent papers, a practice permitted by most journals.
    You can even post a preprint of a paper already published in a journal,
    so that your paper gets one more chance to find its readers. You can
    also post your lecture notes, or post a question about mechanics in a
    forum. Really, you can post anything you see fit. Be creative. What you
    post is a decision of yours.

    Why do you want to post in iMechanica? Because you love mechanics and
    because you want to help others learn mechanics. Well, these may be part
    of the reason. Perhaps more importantly, you would like to help yourself
    by helping others to discover you and your work.
    Suppose you post an entry of interest to other mechanicians, say an
    entry on an upcoming conference. If a reader is impressed by the quality
    of your post, perhaps she would like to know who you are. Click your
    name attached to the post, and she lands on your profile, which has the
    URL of your homepage. Also appearing on the post is a link to your blog.
    She will see your recent research if you have posted any. She might be
    so impressed and decides to subscribe to the RSS feed of your blog. You
    now have a fan for your work. She is notified whenever you publish
    anything in your blog.

    If you are concerned that you may not find useful things if everyone is
    posting, you should try the search engine of iMechanica, or just Google.
    Perhaps it is also time for you to discover RSS feeds and social
    bookmarking. With all the creative energy pouring into the technology of
    the Internet, it is safe to say that the development of the Internet
    will far out pace that of mechanics. If a post is worth finding, you
    will find it.

    Traditional modes of communication in our community under serve students
    and industrial practitioners. iMechanica aims to provide an easy
    platform for students and industrial practitioners, as well as
    academics. Creative uses of mechanics in industries have already been
    heavily discussed in iMechanica.

    iMechanica runs as a common, like Boston Common or Central Park. A
    common belongs to no one in particular, but belongs to whoever uses it.
    There is time to relax in a common, there is time to build one. Both
    bring you enjoyment. The best way to help building iMechanica is to
    think what is good for you. Let software and the collective behavior of
    all users take care of the community. And so, fellow mechanicians: ask
    not what you can do for iMechanica - ask what iMechanica can do for you.

    Features in iMechanica are powerful yet simple to use. However, they are
    difficult to describe in words, just as it is difficult to describe how
    to ride a bicycle by an email. So, why not explore? Stop pondering over
    this post, and go straight to visit

    Michelle L. Oyen
    Cambridge University Engineering Dept.,
    Trumpington St.,
    Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, UK
    phone: +44 (0) 1223 332 680