Getting Started

This quick-start guide will help you learn the basics of the UCAR Commons.


Much of the information on the UCAR Commons is open to everyone, but features like profiles and posting are reserved for UCAR Members. To login, go to Enter your email and password, or click on Create/Forgot password if you need to setup your password. If your email is not recognized, you can request to join the UCAR Commons by filling out this form.


We’ve used the information we had in our database to get your profile started, but now you can add information such as your title, department, education, and career background. We also encourage you to select your interest areas so the system can suggest network connections that have similar interests. To edit your profile, click on the grey person icon circle on the top right of the screen, then click on profile.

Be sure to check the Account Tab in your Profile. Here you can change your privacy settings such as who can see your email and who can send you connection requests. You can also set your community notification preferences to determine if you get daily email digests, weekly digests, immediate (real time) emails, or no emails from the community. The default is for daily digests.

Collaborate in Communities

One of the best ways to get value out of the UCAR Commons is by participating in conversations! By default, all members should have access to the Open Forum and Opportunities Communities.

The Open Forum is the best place to post and answer questions and discussion topics.

The Opportunities Community is where you will want to post opportunities such as jobs, fellowships, internships, events, and trainings. Be sure to post events and trainings as an event so they show up in the calendar.

*We expect to add more Communities in the future as members and staff use the platform and come up with ideas and needs for segmented discussions.

Posting and Replying to Discussions

To start a discussion, click on Participate on the top navigation bar and choose Post a Message. Enter your subject, choose the community or communities you wish to post the message to, type your message, attach any necessary documents, and then hit send.

To reply to a post, click on the post and then on the Reply button to the right. You can also click on the down arrow to Reply Privately to Sender, or you can simply reply through your email account via the email digest you will receive.

Remember to use #tags to help make the content searchable.

*If you feel a post is inappropriate, you can flag it by clicking Mark as Inappropriate when you click on the drop-down menu under the Reply button. This will send a note to staff to review the post and take it down if necessary.

Celebrate News

The Member and UCAR New Library is where you can post news about yourself, program, or university that would benefit the community. Click on News on the top menu to see the latest and greatest people have to share.

To post a news item, click on Create Entry. Enter a title, which library to post it to, and brief description. Then select the entry type from the drop down, and hit Next. Then you can upload a file or enter a link to the full news story. Be sure to add #tags to make the content more searchable.

Connect with Peers

You can search the directory to find people from certain universities, or even by their research field and other interests. Once you’ve found the people you’re looking for you can view profiles, send messages or add them as a contact directly from the search results page.