Scholar at Work

Scholar is a place for the creation, publication and dissemination of new knowledge, from informal posts that prompt conversations among peers, to formal peer review and publication of academic knowledge. It represents a quantum leap beyond the old fashioned document formats, change-tracking routines, and file-shuffling publication systems.


An Old Idea — A New Technology

"Scholar" is an idea as old as humanity — a seeker of knowledge, a learner, a thinker, an innovator. Common Ground has created a web environment to support knowledge communities of all kinds, from children learning in schools to the most advanced academic research communities. The Scholar environment is a space designed specifically for creating, evaluating, and sharing knowledge.
Scholar moves beyond the fragmented and chaotic world of emails, social media posts, and documents—the world of personal computing as we know it today. Instead, Scholar supports subtly different ideas of "works," "notifications," "messages," and "updates." It brings you into a new world of smoothly integrated communication and collaboration. We call this new paradigm "interpersonal computing" and is why we classify Scholar as a “social knowledge” technology.

Scholar Functions

Scholar is an ideal platform for the knowledge work of:

  • Scholarly journal and monograph publishers.
  • Research institutes.
  • Knowledge producing organizations such as government agencies, business or legal consultancies, knowledge enterprises, and non-government organizations.

The Scholar platform offers:

  • A multimodal writing space that transforms the artifact of the article or the book, including inline media such as video, audio, and dataset.
  • On-the-fly outputs to PDF and Scholar Web Work (HTML), always presenting to users the latest version; other format outputs available on request. This puts an end to the one way, labor intensive word processor => desktop publishing => print or web formats.
  • Integrated feedback around a single source: reviews (peer, self, admin), annotations, recommendations, natural language processing checker.
  • Social media integration: feeds to Facebook and Twitter, that link back to Scholar.
  • Author web profiles and portfolios, specifically designed for knowledge and cultural work.
  • Text analytics: version comparison; language analyses; review data.
  • Bookstore: for free distribution of works; sale in electronic and print formats; individual, institutional, or membership subscriptions, collection or series subscriptions.
  • Library: a user’s purchased works and free works that they have saved.