Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The basic structure of the site, as well as basic functionality, has already be defined.

Dear Friends,
We continue active organizational and design work. The introduction and launch of the project will be carried out in several stages. The basic structure of the site, as well as basic functionality (available immediately at the end of the first phase of designing and launching the site in test operation), has already be defined.
Below is a summary listing the key features and functions of the site:
- Multi-user system with co-ordination of rights and privileges 
- The mechanism of add/change data by the public
- Mechanism of discussion and comment.
- Basic Content Types - profiles, photos, 3d-art 
- Easy navigation 
- Search System
Basic data structures and partitions: 

- Developers of aircraft * 
- Types of aircraft 
- Operators of aircraft
- Item of aircraft (including personal history, profiles, photos) 
- Pilots 
- Aircraft carriers 
- Wars
- Events (air combats, accidents, etc.) 

* aircraft = airplane, helicopter, etc.

The existing basic version of the site will begin its normal operation. After the immediate launch of the new website, there will be a lot of work to convert huge number of accumulated data to a new format. We hope for your help.
The negotiations with the development team continue. Any results will be announced in the basic version of the site. Follow our news! 

Best wishes,


Friday, April 30, 2010

We are beginning a complete reconstruction of the "Wings Palette" website.

Dear friends!

I have been pondering the concept of further developing the "Wings Palette" website, for some years. In fact, it will be a new project based on fundamentally different mechanisms for collecting, organizing and presenting information. The guiding principle of the site will remain: to benefit all aviation enthusiasts.

What will "Wings Palette" look like after reconstruction?

It will have an easy to use interface that provides access to a connected knowledge base containing information about any significant objects and events in aviation history - on each specific aircraft or pilot, air battles and famous flights, airports and squadrons. Over time, we will, significantly increase the amount of factual material - profiles, photos, drawings and schemes. There will be new and interesting sections and increased ease of navigation and search.

One of the key innovations will be maximum interactivity.

Active members of the project can further complement and improve any aspects of the overall framework. Visitors to the site will be the main driving force behind the project - its editors and correspondents, its authors and researchers. Our task is to lay the development foundations: your task - to help us as much as possible to implement it.

We value your ideas.

Currently we are developing new specifications for the site. You can help with this. If you have interesting ideas and suggestions - contact us or leave comment here. Your opinion will be taken into account, interesting suggestions will be incorporated into the development of the project.

Now we are at the beginning of a difficult, but fascinating path that with your help lead us to create a completely new and universal mechanism for studying the history of aviation.

Grigory Ivanov
Editor Wings Palette