We (the team of enthusiasts) intend to collect all information relating to paragliding in a unified database. We want to create a system of knowledge necessary for people interested in enhancement of flight safety, pilot training efficiency, improving dynamic characteristics, development of all aspects of paragliding. This event affects the entire global paragliding community. Everyone's engagement is welcome.
Pilots need information about wings, harnesses, emergency parachutes, backpacks, devices, accessories. Where to find it?
The argument "All information is on the manufacturer's website" is deceptive.
As practice has shown, a good source, trusted by consumers, are websites specialized in a certain segment of knowledge, containing accurate, complete and systematized information, as a rule, with a convenient interface.
One of the most complete paraglider databases was para2000.org. Although information it offered concerned only wings, and the rest of the paragliding equipment was not covered, yet the value and importance of such a database was high. This became especially clear when a useful resource was unavailable.
Encyclopedic information resources can not be overestimated, they are very convenient, save time and provide in the most complete form exactly the data that is needed at the moment.
We are going to create a universal database-encyclopedia, a center of information on paragliding.
Let's start with paragliders
Paragliders are what our database will start with.
There is a lot of information about the wings that were created earlier. But manufacturers do not stand idle in their developments. According to our information, about eight new models appear on average each month from various manufacturers.
We want to achieve that Paragliding database becomes the main source of relevant and reliable information on both old and new products. First, it will be wings followed by other types of equipment in due course.
Information value and quick access
Data is most valuable when it is accurate and timely. A unique identifier of any product can be the "Manufacturer Name - Model Name" combination. For a connoisseur, this is a key phrase, full of meaning and inner content, but it does not mean anything to someone who has never met it. A reader who is not familiar with the phrase misses it when reading, because to clarify the details, it is necessary to spend a lot of time searching the Internet, and it’s not a fact that the required information will eventually be discovered. Such a situation is detrimental for everyone, as for potential consumers reading the text so for manufacturers of the equipment.
But if the information is “at hand”, at a distance of one mouse movement, then why not take a look? Surely there will be valuable data. And it will be useful to learn something about a new model.
Now imagine that as soon as the text mentions the "Manufacturer Name - Model Name" combination when you hover your mouse cursor over it, a card pops up with a photo, a logo and a link to the full description.
This function can be implemented in blogs, forums, on message boards, on any site. The necessary condition is the presence of a unified source. And in order administrators of receiving sites do not doubt its reliability and security, it must have a positive reputation and be generally recognized.
We want to create a unified database of paragliders and other equipment, containing, if possible, all models that interest consumers, providing well-structured data, allowing information update, error control and discussion of everything without flood.
What is the system
Together we'll definitely create it
We take on
The convenience of working with information on paragliders and related equipment, the unified trustworthy source and the ability to make information easy to access will significantly increase the chances of manufacturers in making their designs known and finding their customers.
Our task at the preliminary stage is to prepare the field of activities, inform as many people as possible, find those who are not indifferent, take into account as many opinions and opportunities as possible.
We ask you not to stand aside and send the page's link to anyone who might be interested. We would be very much happy if it reaches the attention of all such people. If you have an opportunity to post the link in any forums, we will be grateful.
We kindly ask you to inform us if you have any comments and suggestions on the text of this document, on its translation into your language and its improvement
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