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What are Teams, Spaces and Organizations?

What is a Team?


A Team represents a group of one or more people collaborating together on a particular activity.


The Team provides the ability to describe and promote the activity, and also give credit back to the team. As well as providing credit, a team also has useful abilities such as default Sharing permissions and licence, and the ability to easily set sharing permissions across all members.

The Team needs to have a Title, and optionally can also have a:

  • Description,
  • Public website, and
  • Avatar graphic


Each Team will have its own administrator - usually the user that initially requested the Team.

The administrator can:

  • Add and remove members,
  • Set member roles,
  • Define additional administrators, and
  • Define new Organizations, Profiles (to describe members that have not yet registered) and Organisms

What is a Space?


Spaces are an umbrella that contains one or more Teams. They are a self-administered area, that describes a broad activity (usually related to a funded grant), such as a consortium, or a long-running activity that will need additional Teams.


The Space must have a title, and can optionally also have a:

  • Description,
  • Funding details,
  • Website, and
  • Avatar graphic

Once approved, The Space will have its own administrator who is free to immediately create additional Teams without requiring additional approval.

What is an Organization?


Your Organization is your affiliation within the context of the Team. It can be an academic institution, company, department, club etc.


An Organization only requires a Title, but can also include optional location information about the city and country.

You will be asked to choose or define a new Organization when joining or creating a Team.