Welcome to PocketKnowledge

Q.  What is Pocket Knowledge?
A.  PocketKnowledge is an on-line digital archive that allows users to store and retrieve their own personally-authored materials. It also allows users to post comments about all materials within the archive. In addition, PocketKnowledge is home to the Teachers College, Columbia University Gottesman Libraries Archive-an archive containing documents written by scholars such as Edward Thorndike, Paul Monroe and Maxine Greene.

Q.  Who can use PocketKnowledge?
A.  Teachers College faculty, staff, and students can upload, access, and comment on PocketKnowledge content, whereas the general public is limited to viewing and commenting.

Q.  What can I put into PocketKnowledge?
A.  If you are a member of the Teachers College faculty, staff or student body, you are allowed to upload anything that you have created--documents, MP3s, photos, video clips, etc. If you have any questions about copyright, please contact the PK team here.

Q.  How do I get access to PocketKnowledge?
A.  If you are not a member of Teachers College, Columbia you may need permission to access certain content. All of the content in PocketKnowledge is managed by the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, see their page on accessing content.

Q.  Who created PocketKnowledge?
A.  The Technology Solutions & Innovations group at EdLab, Teachers College, Columbia University, created PocketKnowledge.



Additional Details about PocketKnowledge

Q. Do I have to share everything that I upload into PocketKnowledge with other users?
A.  No. You determine what people will have access to your intellectual property (the general public, only the university or just yourself)

Q.  How long will my files last on PocketKnowledge? 
A.   Items you add to PocketKnowledge will remain there until you delete them.

Q.  Will I still have control over my uploaded materials when I leave the Teachers College community?
A.  Yes.  Your Pocketknowledge ID and password will remain active permanently. 

Q.  Is PocketKnowledge available for other institutions?
A.  If you are interested in running PocketKnowledge at your institution, please contact the Pocket Masters at EdLab, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Q. Can I share materials in PocketKnowledge with a small select group of friends?
A.  Yes, PocketKnowledge allows you to create private group pockets. To do so (see below), click, "create a pocket". Next to the question, "Who is a member of this pocket?" select "Just my friends." This option allows you to determine who has access to the materials in your pocket. (Note: when group members add items to their group pocket, they should not select "Just me!" under persmissions. Any item with the permission "The Whole Internet" and "University Members" that is placed in a group pocket, will only be accessible by group members.)



PocketKnowledge Glossary

Add an item:  Click "add an item" when you wish to upload materials into PocketKnowledge.


Advanced search:  When you type in a search term, by default, PocketKnowledge does a title/description search. By clicking "Advanced" you can change the default setting to conduct an author search, a tag (or keyword) search, etc.


Chart:  See Chart, Cloud and List.

Chart, Cloud and List:  You can choose to have PocketKnowledge visually depict pockets, tags, authors and uploaders as pie charts, text clouds or lists by clicking on the functions, "chart," "cloud," or "list" on the right side of your screen. Charts and clouds vary in size, depending on the number of items within each pocket, tag, etc. they depict. Charts and clouds are also color-coded (see Color key).


Cloud:  See Chart, Cloud and List.

Color key:  When you view pockets, tags, etc. as pie charts or text clouds, you will notice that the charts and clouds are displayed in multiple colors. These colors depict the proportion of content which is student (orange), faculty (blue), staff (dark gray), or other (light gray) authored content.


Copyright:  PocketKnowledge respects the intellectual property of others. Please be aware that materials available on or through other web sites may be protected by copyright and the intellectual property laws of the United States and/or other countries. When you upload materials into PocketKnowledge, please do not violate the law.

Create a pocket:  This function allows you to establish a new pocket within PocketKnowledge. Pockets are a great way to create user groups and share content with your friends and colleagues.


Edit:  You can modify the materials you upload into PocketKnowledge at any time. To do so, click on an uploaded item. Next to the title of your item, you should see an orange "edit" link. Click "edit"!


Extra Fields:  The Extra Fields function allows you to add more characteristics to describe the materials you upload into PocketKnowledge. Examples include "location of author" and "author's institutional affiliation."


Intersection:  Uploaded items are associated with many ideas: many items are listed under multiple pockets, have many tags, perhaps even a few authors. By intersecting these ideas, PK helps you narrow your "browsing range" to items most interesting to you. Interested in what students have to say about sexual discrimination?

Intersect the tag "sexual discrimination" with the "Teachers College Students" pocket:
See it here!



List:  See Chart, Cloud and List.

Permissions:  Setting permissions enables you to specify who gets to view the materials you add to PocketKnowledge: the whole Internet, just members of TC, or just yourself.


Pocket:  PocketKnowledge enables users to create "pockets," which bring individuals together with a common interest or theme. For example, the pocket "Teachers College Students" is for materials created by the TC student body. But don't feel restricted: your items can be uploaded into multiple pockets!

RSS feed:  Based on the programming language XML, RSS (Rich Site Summary) is used to post summaries of recently added materials to websites. PocketKnowledge is equipped with an RSS reader which delivers the summaries (feeds) to interested PocketKnowledge users. For more about RSS, view the WikiPedia page


Search and browse all items:  Click this link to return to the homepage. We recommend it if you've been browsing for a while and wish to start over.


Sub-pocket:  When you create a pocket, you can locate it within another pocket. For example, the Mary Alice White Collection is a sub-pocket of the Gottesman Libraries Archive.


Tag:  You may assign any of your materials a "tag" which is a descriptor or keyword (e.g. philosophy, photo, free speech). Tags can be used to search/browse materials related to a topic of interest.

URL:  Located in "add an item," this function is useful for users who wish to put web links into PocketKnowledge. Link an article on J-Stor, your Amazon.com "Wish List," or your personal homepage.

View all:  This function allows you to see all of the items located within a particular pocket.


View my items:  This function allows you to see all of the items you have uploaded into PocketKnowledge.