The Community area in Scholar has a mix of features nuanced for learners, teachers, knowledge workers, and knowledge communities. It is part social media (think Facebook and Twitter), part a profile page (think LinkedIn), part blog, part digital portfolio, part personal bookstore.
But, like none of these other media, it is designed especially for social knowledge and learning. “Friends” are good for socializing, but not so good for knowledge exchange. And this is not a popularity contest, so “follower” is not quite the right social idea, either. In Scholar, we have “peers” instead.
Then we have knowledge communities, not run by the editors or teachers of old, but community “admins,” who have offered to take a lead amongst the members of the community.
Scholar is differently nuanced, but its optional feeds to Facebook and Twitter put it on a level playing field with social media—click on the Facebook post or the tweet from Scholar, and you’ll be linked back to the serious conversation.
• Profile pages, including the experience, education, interests of a scholar or a knowledge or learning community.
• A portfolio of publications by a scholar or the members of a community.
• ORCID IDs, removing ambiguities in the case of similarly or same-named authors.
• Updates, or direct communications to peers (by scholars on their personal profile pages) or community members (by admins from community pages). Discussion follows in the comments area below every update.
• Updates and other key notifications are mirrored in emails.
• Updates can include embedded video, audio, data, and external media.
• Updates can feed to personal or group pages in linked Facebook and Twitter accounts.