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Posted by on Feb 2, 2011

Theologika’s New Site Will Be Here Soon

As anyone who has tried to use Theologika’s discovery engine in the past few days knows, our original site has now been closed. The new one is under construction and we anticipate having it online by early next week. We’ll be adding features as we go along, but here’s a brief outline of what to expect.

We will continue to have a “search-able” library/database. It will not be the same as the Raw Sugar engine we’ve been using, but it will have all of the entries that were in the engine you’ve known and you will be able to search for information again. It will take a little while to get all the entries entered again, but rest assured, the data have been saved.

We plan to have a “Members Only” section. This section will be for folks who want to go a bit deeper. We will have a social networking option here, as well as options for joint research by specialists. Finally, we’ll be offering classes and workshops developed by theologians, educators and  internationally recognized speakers. This will be an ongoing “work in progress.”

Our blog will continue to be published. Our hope is that some of the folks who will be offering classes on Theologika will also share their insights through the blog.

Our goal has always been to make it easy to find trustworthy, relevant information on theology and religious experience without the “noise” of most internet searches. To this end, access to the Library and the Blog will remain open to all.

We hope Theologika will become a tool that can be used by people all over the world. We invite you to join us in the adventure. Suggest authors whose work should be included. Share your own thoughts. Explore the Members Only forum. Keep us in your prayers as we keep you in ours.

Thanks for your past support. We look forward to many more years of journeying together.

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2010

We’re Moving: Time to Pack Up Your Data

As mentioned in a companion post, the Raw Sugar discovery engine that we’ve used for our search function here at Theologika.net is being closed before the end of December. Theologika.net is not closing its doors. We’re moving and we’d like to take you with us!

We’re taking steps here at Theologika.net to save the links, tags and descriptions of all the materials that have been tagged as part of the public database/search engine. We plan to offer it again, albeit in a different format, once the transition has been completed and our updated site is online. Unfortunately, without your help, we may not be able to save the information in your private directories.

These are the options for saving private directory information.

1) Save the data yourself

a) Use the copy and paste functions from a spreadsheet program such as Excel or a word processing program such as Word. (If you use Word, be sure to put the data into a table to make it easier for another program to import it.)

b) Save each item in your directory individually. You will be able to save the name of your tagged item (the URL will come with it), the name of the person who originally tagged the item, the tags associated with the item and the description of the item.

c) Once we have the new database set up, you should be able to upload your directory information and continue to use it as you have in the past.

2) Ask us here at Theologika.net for help in saving your data.

We must have the following to access the data on your behalf:

a) User name

b) Your name and email – so we can send the data to you!

Please remember, time is of the essence. We basically have until Christmas Eve to retrieve all data stored in the Raw Sugar engine. Once Raw Sugar is closed, the data will no longer be available.

If you’ll need help to get your data saved, please contact us immediately. We will respond to your note within a day. If you do not hear from us, please try again. Sometimes there can be a “glitch” and an email doesn’t get through. Another option is to leave a comment on this post. We’ll check daily for comments and requests for help in saving data. Don’t post your user name or password, just let us know you need help and we’ll contact you at the email you used when submitting the request.

Thank you for your patience during this transition time. It’s been a delight to hear from those of you who have commented on posts and to share a love of theology. We look forward to continuing the adventure with you.

Peace.

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2010

2011 Brings Classes and Big Improvements to Theologika.net

“Be Careful What You Pray For . . .”

For some time now we have been eager to make changes to the “look and feel” of Theologika.net to improve your online experience.  Social media and online resources have changed enormously since we opened in early 2007. We can now move to more of a community type of online setting with a different type of discovery engine to tag and share your own recommendations and those of our Trusted Authorities. In 2011 we will begin offering online classes, seminars, and talks with our current and many new Trusted Authorities.

Beginning in early 2007, we have devoted our energies to:

  • building the site with our search/discovery engine,
  • encouraging people around the world to use it in their own ministries,
  • reaching out to trusted authorities to share their insights, and
  • reflecting on life and religious experience in our blog.

Throughout this endeavor we have received untold words of encouragement and hours of support from people in many walks of life and from many countries. The owners of Raw Sugar (the discovery engine we have been using) and Compassites (the website developers) have been particularly supportive. We are grateful to them all.

Recently we have been notified that Raw Sugar will not be continuing in its present form beyond the end of December 2010. This means that materials tagged in directories and watchlists will no longer be accessible in their current form. It does not mean the data will all be lost. However, owners of personal directories will need to take steps to secure the information they have identified and tagged. The process is not difficult and I’ll detail it in a separate post. We will do our best to make this change as seamless as possible.

We are happy to announce that Theologika.net will begin offering workshops and classes in collaboration with our trustees and other theologians, philosophers and social scientists in early 2011. These workshops and classes will be offered through a “Members Only” portal. Some of the offerings will be recordings of prior workshops. Some will be live, on-line courses or presentations. Some will be collections of readings or other resources for your own spiritual growth or use in your ministry that are not currently published or on the web. We will continue to provide free information on our discovery engine as well as scholarships and fee waivers for our online learning activities.

Insights from the workshops and classes will be shared through our blog as well, but for access to the full program, we will ask you to become members of Theologika.net.

Will we continue to offer our old services?

Theologika.net’s goal has always been to provide easy access to trustworthy, relevant information from trusted sources and authorities. We will continue to do this. We are working with owners of another database/search engine to accept the materials we currently have and provide ways for us to continue to collaborate with our trustees to identify more resources. Our blog will also continue.

We are excited about this transition and the changes that are coming. We welcome your thoughts and ideas for ways to enhance our ministry and our offerings. If there’s someone you’d like us to approach about offering a workshop, please send me a note. If there’s a specific topic about which you’d like to know more, let me know.

Please keep us and this ministry in your prayers. And we’ll keep you posted as we move through the transition. For the Greater Glory of God!

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2008

How can I sponsor Theologika.net?

How can I sponsor Theologika.net?

Theologika.net is an online resource offered at no charge to our users. Our goal is to support the catechetical and evangelization mission of the Church by providing a database of trustworthy, relevant, authoritative information for use in ministry or personal spiritual growth. Our dream is that in even the smallest, most isolated village in the world, if there is a computer that can reach the Internet, the collected thinking of the Christian church through the centuries, that has been indexed and organized through the Theologika database, will be available to the man, woman or child who wants to learn more about God and grow in faith. And in our own, highly developed, capitalistic countries of the world, the same resources will be available to those who seek the same knowledge and growth – regardless of ability to go out and buy a book or attend a class.

Just now, Theologika.net is in its infancy. It’s less than a year old, but already hundreds of items have been tagged, and we have users all around the world. The number of entries and Trustees entering materials is growing at a steady pace. Within a year, Theologika will have become a substantial resource for our Christian community. We’re even hoping to be able to move into languages beyond English soon.

So, how to fund the effort?

Theologika.net is not a charity. We can’t offer tax-deductiblity in return for charitable donations. We encourage you to donate to your parish, to the missions, to schools. However, we can’t ask for your donations.

What we can offer are sponsorship listings on our webpages, with our thanks. If you have a business, we’re happy to link to your website. Take the cost out of your advertising budget and it still may be deductible! (Check with your accountant, of course.)

If you’d like to help support the development of this resource for ministry, please contact us. We’ll be happy to talk with you about how you can help. We have a variety of options available and will be delighted to work with you to find the best fit. Just as the mighty redwood tree has its start from tiny seeds in tiny cones and/or can grow from the base of parent trees, so together we can grow a great resource for the Church from a tiny start.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Posted by on Aug 12, 2008

Searching and Tagging Tips – More on how to use Theologika.net

Searching and Tagging Tips – More on how to use Theologika.net

NEWS FLASH!

Theologika.net will begin offering workshops and classes in collaboration with our trustees and other theologians, philosophers and social scientists in early 2011. As part of this new development, the ways you will search for information and create tags will change.

Check out these two posts for details about the upcoming changes and how to save your own personal directory materials.

2011 Brings Classes and Big Improvements to Theologika.net

We’re Moving: Time to Pack Up Your Data

More information about the changes will be posted on our blog at http://blog.theologika.net as they develop .

If you yourself have a website yourself, please put our site, www.theologika.net, into your links and recommendations.  We’ve even got a neat logo you can put with it if you’d like. You can copy it from the blog at http://blog.theologika.net/2008/06/20/your-own-directory-at-theologikanet/.

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2008

Share Your Discoveries – How to Use Theologika’s Watchlist Feature

Share Your Discoveries – How to Use Theologika’s Watchlist Feature

NEWS FLASH!

Theologika.net will begin offering workshops and classes in collaboration with our trustees and other theologians, philosophers and social scientists in early 2011. As part of this new development, the ways you will search for information and create tags will change.

Check out these two posts for details about the upcoming changes and how to save your own personal directory materials.

2011 Brings Classes and Big Improvements to Theologika.net

We’re Moving: Time to Pack Up Your Data

More information about the changes will be posted on our blog at http://blog.theologika.net as they develop .

If you yourself have a website yourself, please put our site, www.theologika.net, into your links and recommendations.  We’ve even got a neat logo you can put with it if you’d like. You can copy it from the blog

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2008

Your Own Directory at Theologika.net

Your Own Directory at Theologika.net

NEWS FLASH!

Theologika.net will begin offering workshops and classes in collaboration with our trustees and other theologians, philosophers and social scientists in early 2011. As part of this new development, the ways you will search for information and create tags will change.

Check out these two posts for details about the upcoming changes and how to save your own personal directory materials.

2011 Brings Classes and Big Improvements to Theologika.net

We’re Moving: Time to Pack Up Your Data

More information about the changes will be posted on our blog at http://blog.theologika.net as they develop .

If you yourself have a website yourself, please put our site, www.theologika.net, into your links and recommendations.  We’ve even got a neat logo you can put with it if you’d like. You may copy it from this post.

We hope Theologika.net will be helpful in your work and spiritual journey. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Randy and Kathy

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