Over the past 24 months, we have been working diligently to develop a new community platform for the global plant science community. This new platform, which we have given the working title of “the Plant Science Exchange” (PSX) will launch this summer.
All plant science students and professionals are invited to join.
The initial level of community membership will be open and free of charge; additional levels of benefits and engagement will be available for a fee. This new model for community engagement and participation is built on a foundation of people, organizations, groups, content, networking, and research resources designed to provide value to plant scientists, students, educators, and individuals in adjoining disciplines.
In a nutshell, this new platform will provide:
- A centralized place where plant science students, professionals, content, tools, resources, apps, and organizations can come together to actively and deliberately connect around topics, interests and research areas.
- A secure home for plant scientists – individually and in groups — to gather, share, communicate, and participate where otherwise they would not have a platform to do so and without unsolicited interference from advertisers or other third parties.
- An online home for any plant science organization that wishes to have an online presence, to store or share documents, to collaborate, communicate and thrive.
- The most comprehensive directory of plant science professionals available.
- A platform that galvanizes the global plant science community and provides the opportunity to have a strong, united presence and voice.
- A platform for crowdsourced ideas, content, tools and other resources from the community – for the community.
- A place where we develop and deploy new products and services on an ongoing basis to meet the needs of the community – based on input from the community.
Now the fun part – we need a name!
Until now, we have been using PSX as a placeholder name. Although we like that name, we would like community engagement to begin right now – so we are reaching out to you for your ideas.
What would you call the online community that you turn to first and most frequently for all your professional needs?
Using the comments area below, please submit your suggestions – but please keep the following points in mind:
- Relevance to the plant science community: we should not have to explain why the name fits
- Appropriateness: watch for unintended spelling issues and the juxtaposition of words in an accompanying URL
- Availability and distinctness: we don’t want to be mistaken for something else that is common to the general public
All submissions will be reviewed, and the top five suggestions will be put to the community for a vote. Please note that suggestions may be altered or combined to come up with the top five.
Please submit your suggestion by commenting on this post no later than March 5th.
Let us know if you have questions or suggestions.