Changes to Content Organization

The team supporting the ACS Network has evaluated all the content in the old community and prepared much of it to  migrate to the new platform. This platform is different and you will see changes not only in how content is displayed, but how it is organized and even what it is called. Here are some of the changes: 

  • Content types are segregated so that instead of having a group or forum with multiple content types, we have either a category or a group hub with the following:
    • Discussion Forum - these are the same as discussion thread
    • Blog posts - same as in current community
    • TKB or Knowledge Base- a way to have documents
    • Ideas - same as current community. 
  • Instead of groups, we will have group hubs and these can have each of these content types, and we can provision different member to be a part of these. 

The ACS Network has been in place for more than 10 years and there was quite a bit of old content and some of the relevant content was hard to find. We think we have come up with some classifications based on our current and future

usage of the Network. This includes;

  • ACS Hub  is place will be where users can post general comments, start new topics, and get help with the Network and other ACS things. 
  • Component Groups is an area where local sections, technical divisions, and other subgroups of ACS will have spaces, i.e. group hubs. Some of these will be public areas which serve as communications (i.e. replacement for a basic website) while others are private areas for collaboration among executive committees and other groups within local sections, technical divisions, etc. 
  • Governance serves the members participating in the various committees and task forces of the Society. Most of these group hubs will be private and access to them limited. 
  • Resources contains resource related content that various groups need, such as logos, or information about digital tools, the ACS speaker service. Access to these may or may not be limited. 
  • Science holds content related about the science and may contain topics such as Green Chemistry, sustainability, and some meetings. 
  • Special Interests represent various interest groups within ACS, including staff, international, educators and students, and groups around various ACS programs. 


There are a few things to keep in mind with the content migration:

  • There was a lot of work through. We did the best we could in terms of reorganizing it. We recognize that we may need to move things around after this migration. 
  • Some of the content was very old. We did get rid of some. Other content was migrated, but we have it hidden. 
  • The CV app in the old platform created documents with users' education, experience and publications. We no longer will support the CV app in the new platform, but we can pull out any of those documents if you want them. 
  • Personal content (i.e. content that appears like "user name in user names' documents/discussions/blog") had to be moved into one of the new nodes of content.  Personal spaces don't exist on the new platform so some of the content may have been moved into one of the new nodes or we may have it in a hidden area. If you had content posted in your personal space that you need, please contact us immediately. We should be able to locate it and work with you about getting it. 

As always, we appreciate both your support and your patience. We will do our best to help you find or place content properly. 

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