HydroShare is designed with social functionality that enables you to effectively collaborate with other HydroShare users. A major part of this functionality includes Groups. You can create a Group for your research team and share resources within that group. Groups can be public or private, and you have control over what is shared with the group and what access group members have to the resources you share. The following group functions are available:
- Find groups you might be interested in joining
- Access groups you've created
- Access a group's landing page
- Manage group membership
- Manage group visibility
Communities are designed for Groups to share resources more seamlessly, fostering public data sharing and open access. Current examples of Communities include collaborations between large research networks and collections of universities. They provide access to all public resources of the members of the participating groups. Individual users can not join a community only groups can and permission to resources is granted by the user.
The following community functionals are currently available:
- Find Communities
- Access Groups you are member of
- Access a Communities landing page
- Community Membership
Commenting on and Rating Resources
Another collaborative feature of HydroShare is the ability to comment on and/or rate resources. Commenting on and rating resources is intended to add contextual value to a resource. For example, if you use a resource for a particular analysis, you might add a comment about your success or failure in doing so.