I recently received the following e-mail from OpenWetWare, the collaboration site used by the Institute for Biological Engineering.  The Lab Notebook is based on MediaWiki, the platform for Wikipedia.  Although there is a learning curve, it is relatively easy to use.  Best of all, you do not need to host the Wiki yourself and the costs are very reasonable (free). 

OpenWetWare also supports a blogging facility.  Blogs can be a useful ad hoc communication tool, especially if backed up by a Wiki for more formal content.  I have asked for more information and will update this post with any responses.

Although there are many similar solutions available on the Internet, each lacks a large community of 'relevant eyeballs'.  Using OpenWetWare for collaboration on biomimicry projects could get a larger community interested. 

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