According to Tony MacDowell at the recently launched site, they’re a platform-agnostic programs that “leverage the best of the Web, without sacrificing the power of the desktop.”

O’Reilly, the longtime publisher of geek manuals featuring public domain animal art, is building a community of developers interested in creating Web tools to engage and entertain the user.

If you’re developing with Ajax, Air, Flashlight and Silverlight, or if you’re just curious, this may be a good pool to splash around in. InsideRIA launched Jan. 15 and doesn’t have much happening yet, so it’s the perfect opportunity to get a seat at the table and start some discussions.