This section addresses the different profiles of the UNKSOC.ORG Platform users and the different ways the platform can be used. User profiles and ways of usage are combined in a table that helps to explain the expected use of the UNKSOC.ORG Platform.
Five main user profiles have been identified:
- Practitioners – this profile includes all individuals involved in the process of Knowledge Societies policy-making; typically they are either elected politicians or civils servants that, at some point in time, participated in one or more steps of the policy-making process; practitioners have personal experience on Knowledge Societies policy making and developed competences relevant to the process; such competences are applied in a specific geographic-economic-social-cultural scope, such a country, a region or a city.
- Educators – educators engage in activities that aim at developing Knowledge Societies policy-making competences; educating activities might be directed towards practitioners that are (or will be) engaged in Knowledge Societies policy-making processes or they can be directed to any individuals interested in getting prepared for getting involved in such process, such as higher education students.
- Researchers – this profile includes all those that engage in research activities relevant to policy-making in the area of Knowledge Societies; as a result of their activities, researchers produce scientific knowledge that will become part of the body of knowledge relevant for Knowledge Societies policy-making; considering the nature of the area, it is envisaged that researchers can be associated to a wide range of science areas such as: political science, sociology, economics, management, public administration, information systems, e-Government, etc.
- Experts – the expert profile aims to cover all those with advanced competences in Knowledge Societies policy-making but do not fit in any of the previous profiles; experts will typically be involved in consultancy activities, advising politicians and public servants in the formulation of Knowledge Societies policies.
- Public – any individuals interested in learning about the Knowledge Societies theme but without further involvement in Knowledge Societies policy-making.
In order to have full access to the Knowledge Societies Policy Handbook and to make use of all the functionality provided by the UNKSOC.ORG Platform users, of any kind, must start by registering themselves. This is viewed as an important step that contributes to the formation of the community that the UNKSOC.ORG Platform is expected to serve. Registration facilitates that contributions are credited and that community members have a way of knowing their fellows.
In what concerns UNKSOC.ORG Platform usage, the following ways can be distinguished:
- Access to content – navigation in the Platform gaining access to its content.
- Commenting – participation in debates about the content, about the way the UNKSOC.ORG Platform can be used, or about themes brought up for discussion.
- Contributions – submission of content to extend the Knowledge Societies Policy Handbook.
- Support to policy-making – use of the platform during the policy-making process to support some of the activities and to systematize some of the documentation related to the policy-making process.
Table 35 illustrates the ways of usage of the platform that are expected for each profile.
Uploading content to the UNKSOC.ORG Platform – either through commenting or contributing – follows a moderation model. Posts and contributions will be filtered by an editorial board before being made public.