|Instead Of:||Scholar's Advantages|
|Community||A space for dialogue. Community is to knowledge and culture what Instagram is to pictures. It is a differently nuanced from social media, a dedicated knowledge space where we connect not as ‘friends’ or ‘followers’ but as ‘peers’ and ‘community members’. The feeds that go out to Facebook and Twitter constantly draw users back into Scholar’s ‘social knowledge’ milieu.||
• Enough space to converse seriously.
• Nuanced for knowledge/culture work.
• Social media feeds that draw users back to Scholar.
• Personal profile pages, community pages and work portfolios that are better suited to the needs authors and publishers, as well as learners and educators.
|Creator||A beautifully simple semantic editor, allowing any digital media to be embedded, and supporting a range of on-the-fly outputs, to ‘Scholar Web Work’, PDF, print, and potentially any other digital format or repurposed for any device.||
• XML tools
• Google Docs
• Fully multimedia workspace with a wide range of on-the-fly output options.
• Systematic versioning, unlike the ‘jumping cursor’ in Google Docs.
• Feedback options: reviews, annotations, recommendations, natural language checker.
• Single source access, ending the one-way and labor intensive word processor > desktop publishing > PDF workflow.
|Publisher||Where the social process of knowledge/culture work is managed—creating solo or group projects, planning timeframes, determining feedback options (peer, self, admin), and publishing completed editions.||
• Scholar One
• OJS (Open Journal Systems)
• An elegant social co-ordination space, tracking project phases, with latest versions and feedback continuously accessible.
|Analytics||There are no documents or files in Scholar, so we can do deep language and content analytics, tracking not only product but process—the development of a work, or the learning of a student in a project.||
• Academic Analytics
• Google Scholar
• ISI Web of Science
• Deep analytics, reaching right into the work and the processes of is evolution.
|Bookstore||This where a finished work can reach the world—free or with a price, for purchase by product or through subscription access, via individual access or library subscription, in the electronic form or physical products-to-be-dispatched. We also offer the unique ‘learning module’ e-format. Beyond the e-textbook, the learning module prompts cycles of dialogue in Community and scaffolds projects in Creator.||
• Publisher webstores
• Free or at a price, per-product or subscription access, individual or library subscriptions.
• Every user has a library of purchased, subscribed and selected free works.
Scholar incorporates the strictest of security protocols—where admins at a number of levels (community, publisher, organization) regulate all aspects of user activity and permissions. Access to works is only possible with permissions. Every community page offers ‘public’, ‘closed’, ‘open’ and ‘private’ settings. In schools, student access must be supervised by an official admin, and when students are under 18, only the tightly restricted ‘private’ setting is available.