A community in Prism consists of a group of members and associated records. A community can be created by any user from Feinberg around an organization, event, topic, or project, or in order to collaborate with one another in pursuit of a shared goal. To watch a video demonstration of this process, click here.
Log in to Prism by clicking on the grey button in the top right corner of the home page. PLEASE NOTE that a net ID is needed to access Prism. If this is the first time you are logging into Prism, please check your email and click on Confirm my account in the Prism welcome email. (Click here to learn how to confirm Prism account.)
Click on the + (plus sign) icon in the top right corner of the page, then select New community from the dropdown menu –OR— click on Communities at the top left of the page under “Prism,” then click on the green New community button.
Enter the desired community name.
Enter the desired identifier. This is your community's unique identifier, through which the community can be accessed via the following URL (+ identifier name): https://prism.northwestern.edu/communities/IDENTIFIERNAME. The friendly URL may only contain alphanumeric characters, dashes, forward-slashes, and underscores. While uppercase letters are supported, we recommend using lowercase letters to keep things simple.
Select the desired visibility option for the community. Public visibility makes the community publicly accessible and it will show up in search results. Restricted visibility makes the community only accessible to users with specified access.
Click on the green Create community button at the bottom. This publishes the community, and immediately sends the creator to the settings page of the newly created community.
For community type, select the appropriate option from the dropdown menu.
|Organization||A group or body with shared purpose or goals|
|Event||A planned occasion with purpose or goals|
|Topic||A subject or genre of study or discussion|
|Project||A planned undertaking in pursuit of specific goals|
For website, provide a URL to the related department, division, organization, or so forth.
Enter the desired description for the community.
For organizations, type the name of an organization into the field and then select the correct result from the options. If the desired organization is not provided, add a free text entry by clicking on the first option (which begins with "Add"). NOTE: Multiple organizations can be added via this method. To delete an organization, click on the grey “x” button directly next to its name.
Add awards as needed by clicking on the appropriate button and entering the pertinent award details.
Add award will pop out a separate window for searching the award by name. Once the name is entered, select the correct result from the options. To finish adding the award, click on the purple Add award button. To abandon the process, click on the grey Cancel button. If the particular award is not among the search results, click on Add a custom award below the query box.
Add custom will pop out a separate window for manually entering award details. First search for the funder by name and select them from the results. Then provide the award number, title, and URL. To finish adding the award, click on the purple Add award button. To abandon the process, click on the grey Cancel button.
To upload a profile picture for the community, click on Upload new picture on the right side of the page, then select the desired file from your computer. To delete the profile picture click on the red Delete picture button beneath it.
Once the desired profile settings have been entered and added, click on the purple Save button to preserve the information.
To edit the visibility of the community, click on Privileges on the left side of the page. Public visibility makes the community publicly accessible and it will show up in search results. Restricted visibility makes the community only accessible to users with specified access. Click on the purple Save button to preserve any changes made.