Index: The Collaboration Matters LS10 Community

Knowledge Network – Introducing Spaces

Last Sunday at Lotusphere 2010, Collaboration Matters launched the Knowledge Network, our new Social Collaboration and Knowledge Management suite for Lotus Domino.

The Knowledge Network, or K-Net for short, is a rounded suite of social tools allowing organisations to enable their users to more easily share information, find skills and resources, collaborate with others and to build an organisations network of knowledge.

During the next couple of weeks, we’ll be introducing each of the most significant features of the solution in a series of blog posts.  See the bottom of this entry for links to previous posts and the announcement itself.

Introducing Spaces

Spaces are areas where dynamic communities of users can find each other, share content, discuss topics, generate new ideas and share resources.  Typically, these users are brought together around a common interest, topic, practice, project or activity.  They can be used for both business and social purposes and are both powerful and very easy to use.

Here’s an example:

Index: The Collaboration Matters LS10 Community

As you can see, I’ve created a Space to be used by a community being built around this Lotusphere event.

In the Space I can see links to the Space’s Index (table of contents or home page), its Blog, Coversations (a forum or discussion threads), Members (a list of all the members of the Space including permissions) and About (details of how and why this Space was created):
Index: The Collaboration Matters LS10 Community

Within the Index page, we have a table of contents and a feed to the latest updates from the Space:
Index: The Collaboration Matters LS10 Community

This Space includes a number of different kinds of content, including Folders (Spaces can have a full directory structure of content), Ideas (suggestions for the community to discuss) and Documents (rich text items), Links (to other sites/URLs). Other forms of content supported include Videos (taking an embed code from a video site such as YouTube) and Files (multiple files can be attached to each entry).  This means that the Space can contain a mixture of social content (bookmarks, discussions, video) and also more formal content (company documentation etc) – this marks Spaces as being more flexible than some other social community solutions.

The Space Blog allows the expected blogging features – controls of who can post, rich text posts, links to other resources, comments from Space members – plus some you may not expect, such as the automatic generation of tags from a post’s content, a full rating system for posts and comments (graded from 1-5), recommendations, ability to subscribe to comments on an individual post by RSS, adding to a favourites list within K-Net and the reporting of inappropriate content:
Blog home page for The Collaboration Matters LS10 Community

The Conversations page offers a dynamic forum for discussion, with the default view offering a list of discussion entries:
Conversations: The Collaboration Matters LS10 Community

Each individual conversation is a fully threaded discussion, with rich text entries and comments, and the ability to tag each element of the conversation.
What do you think of Lotusphere 2010 so far?

Lastly, the member list shows all members of the Space, along with their access rights:
Members: The Collaboration Matters LS10 Community

That’s a very quick run-through of Spaces – a very dynamic and intuitive area for communities to gather and to share ideas and content.

The Spaces feature can be customised and extended according to your organisation’s need.

This is the third in our series of K-Net introductions, previous entries include:
Introducing the Knowledge Network
Knowledge Network – introducing the user profile

The formal announcement is also available:
Announcement: Collaboration Matters Bring Comprehensive Enterprise 2.0 Social Collaboration Suite to Lotus Domino

For more information, please contact Stuart McIntyre by email, phone (+44 121 288 0080), or Twitter.

My Knowledge Network

Knowledge Network – introducing the user profile

The user profile is a key element of the Knowledge Network (K-Net) solution – it starts with the usual organisations directory types of information – phone numbers, email addresses etc. – and builds out to capture much more contextual and social information regarding a user’s identity, knowledge and experience.

Wherever a user’s name appears in K-Net, it is a direct link to that user’s profile.  For example, here is a notification that I have updated my profile:
My Knowledge Network

If I click on the name, the profile is shown, including a summary of the user’s key details, their latest blog post and updates they have made to the K-Net system:
Stuart McIntyre

The highlight box shows their key details displayed in a very readable form, built from their profile data, and including their latest status message:
Stuart McIntyre

Clicking on the More… link shows the rest of the user’s data:
Stuart McIntyre

The profile page also show’s the users’ latest updates from around the K-Net environment – built dynamically and providing links direct to their content:
Stuart McIntyre

Of course, a user can easily edit their profile, add tags and upload new profile photos:
Stuart McIntyre

The profiles feature can be customised and extended according to your organisation’s need.

For more information, please contact Stuart McIntyre by email, phone (+44 121 288 0080), or Twitter.

Introducing the Knowledge Network

I am delighted today to announce that Collaboration Matters has launched its first packaged social collaboration soltion, the Knowledge Network, or K-Net for short.

K-Net is a full-featured suite of social collaboration and knowledge sharing tools for organisations, built 100% on a Lotus Domino platform.  Features include:

  • Social Profiles
  • Collaboration Spaces and Communities
  • Team, Group and Project areas
  • Tagging and Bookmarking
  • Personal and Group Blogs
  • Content Management
  • and much much more…

Delivered as a single web application environment, K-Net can be installed on-premise on your own Domino 7, 8 or 8.5 servers, hosted in our data-centres or purchased as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering.  It really is all that an organisation would need to deliver social collaboration and to capture knowledge.

There is much more information to share, and this will delivered through a series of posts today.  If you are at Lotusphere 2010 and have any questions, please do stop me and ask – I’d love to speak to you about K-Net!