I am excited to tell you about GCcollab (gccollab.ca), a professional collaboration platform hosted by the Government of Canada, where federal, provincial and territorial public servants, can share their professional expertise and connect through shared experience, knowledge, groups or interests. It was just launched this past fall and currently has more than 2700 members.
GCcollab runs on an open source platform, (Elgg) and has most of the same features as GCconnex, such as collaborating in closed or open groups, sharing documents and links, posting on a Twitter-like platform, and creating communal polls and events. It is accessible to academics and students of all Canadian universities and colleges, via their school email accounts and to Canadian federal, provincial and territorial public servants and there are plans to open it further.
GCcollab is a major step toward a more innovative, open, and collaborative way of identifying, exploring and co-creating the policy and research agendas. Participating on GCcollab will help to increase the depth and breadth of data and information sharing between the academic and public sector communities to support improved deliberation on policy, program and research issues.
GCcollab is helping to build a more connected, relevant and responsive cohort of public servants, students and academics.
This cloud-based collaboration tool will also be leveraged to promote recruitment opportunities to those interested in joining the federal public service.
If you are a federal, provincial, or territorial public servant, or an academic, I encourage you to create an account on GCcollab at GCcollab.ca (using your work email).
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