The journey towards a community
What is a community? The term "community" has been around for a long time, only in the latest years has it been associated with the internet. A community in it's widest definition is a group of people sharing a common interest, cooperating to share resources and activities to accomplish common goals. An "online community" can be defined as in the book "Online Communities" by Jenny Preece (Wiley 2000):
"An online community consists of:
- People, who interact socially as they strive to satisfy their own needs or perform special roles, such as leading or moderating.
- A shared purpose, such as an interest, need for information excahnge, or service that provides a reason for the community.
- Policies, in the form of tacit assumptions, rituals, protocls, rules, and laws that guide people's interactions.
- Computer systems, to support and mediate social interaction and facilitate a sense of togetherness."
It has been a long and winding road to the launching of "EPiServer World", the new EPiServer knowledge center, or is it perhaps a community already? Anyway, now it is here!
We are proud to present EPiServer World to our partners and customers, developers and editors. It is an important step in the creation of a true EPiServer community. A community is built up by it's members, their activities and interactions. We want EPiServer World to be a place to share ideas, find solutions and inspiration, and to explore all the creative possibilities with EPiServer products and modules.
And of course we want EPiServer World to become the greatest knowledge base, built up by the shared knowledge from our members, on a platform that is intuitive and easy to use. EPiServer World provides many opportunities for interactivity and collaboration. First, let the EPiServer world know who you are by updating your profile card! Create your own blog and share your views and ideas. Participate in forum discussions or post an article in the Article section of EPiServer World. You can also suggest documentation or FAQs, should you find that some important piece of knowledge is missing.
More functionality is in the pipeline and will be appear along the way, so be sure to keep yourself regularly updated on what is going on.
Welcome to EPiServer World!