Connecting engineers, forming communities: Fiona Dew talks us through MyCommunity, the IET’s new online networking platform
The IET has developed an online professional networking and collaboration platform, MyCommunity, to enable people to connect, interact and exchange knowledge. The new platform enables you to:
• manage a personal profile
• join and form communities
• connect with peers
• use DocCreate to co-author documents
• upload content such as documents and videos
• start and participate in discussions
• add and comment on events
• ask questions
• exchange information
• rate and comment on content.
MyCommunity enables you to put yourself at the heart of your community where you can share documents, videos and web content including Twitter feeds and YouTube videos. Members can find peers quickly and easily using the search function and by managing an online profile you can engage with your community and raise your professional profile.
Members can discuss, debate, ask and answer questions with peers from around the globe.
The DocCreate tool, not available on any other social networking site, provides a secure environment for you to co-author documents and on completion they can be published in a variety of formats to the rest of the community.
You can interact and engage with MyCommunity at your own pace and to suit your own schedule, observing, contributing or creating content at different levels. There are a number of features available which can be incorporated into a community area such as files, photos, videos and discussions.
Members will benefit from an instant connection with their particular community, networking and engaging in conversations with fellow engineers. In addition, new content is immediately visible to the rest of the community.
The new networking platform is now home to over 190 communities around the world, many of which are the IET’s existing Local and Technical & Professional Networks. Feedback from these groups is helping the continued development of the platform.