New look and new features for Communities of Practice website

0 0
Read Time:1 Minute, 57 Second

As of today, new features and a new look for the IDeA Communities of Practice (CoP) platform. This is the first major new release for over 12 months, and brings a number of usability enhancements to the platform, which is provided as a free resource to staff working on local government throughout the UK.

Media_httpstevedalene_egoac

New features include:

  • a more compact and cleaner design for the Welcome page which now includes: (i) service and general information announcements, (ii)details of  most active communities and (iii) details of new communities, (iii) details of featured/special communities.
  • a “tag cloud” for quickly finding content and communities by keyword.
  • the MyHome page has been changed from green to blue to ensure consistency with any personalised content pages (My Profile My Blogs, My Alerts, My Messages, My Contacts etc.)
  • finding an existing Community of Practice has been made simpler by the addition of an A-Z index and tag cloud to the ‘Communities’ webpage.
  • the Help facilities have been improved to ensure users can make the most of all the various features on the website.
  • a new on-line process for setting-up communities enabling faster turnaround.
  • the addition of ‘themes’ for Forum threads and Library files, enabling a blended approach between taxonomy and tags for organising content
  • the Forum section now allows for ‘sticky’ discussion threads, where a topic can be marked to remain at or near the top of the list of topics.
  • a facility for closing threads, for example where a discussion must be time-limited.

This release is the first of 3 major upgrades being planned between now and early 2009.  Watch this space for further announcements, or better still, go the the CoP platform and start connecting, collaborating and innovating!BackgroundThe community of practice platform was launched in December 2007 as part of an initiative to encourage collaboration and more effective knowledge sharing between local councils. The anticipated benefits which are now being realise are better/more efficient public services and greater opportunities for innovation and co-production.  It currently supports over 18,000 users and more than 550 separate online communities, working on a range of initiatives from climate change to preventing violent extremism.  The platform supports a range of social networking and social media tools.

[Steve Dale is the business analyst and technical lead for the IDeA CoP Platform]

About Post Author

Stephen Dale

I’m a life-long learner with an insatiable curiosity about life. I love travel, good food, and good company. I’m happy to share what I know with others….even the interesting stuff! My outlook on life is pretty well captured in this quote from a book about the legend of King Arthur: “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” ― T.H. White, The Once and Future King So much to learn, so little time!
Happy
Happy
0 %
Sad
Sad
0 %
Excited
Excited
0 %
Sleepy
Sleepy
0 %
Angry
Angry
0 %
Surprise
Surprise
0 %
Previous post Digital Inclusion Reports and Consultation
Next post Communities of Practice initiatives in the public sector

Average Rating

5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.