A community is set up for members who share a common interest in a topic or event and can communicate and collaborate among each other within it.
If a community creator chooses to make it private, you need to request an invitation to join. There are 4 different privacy settings for communities.
Moderated—to be approved by admin
Invited—by admin to specific individuals
Closed—to be invited by admin exclusively
The difference between a community and a channel is that a community is topic-centric and a channel is customer/institution-centric. A video or SciVeeCast in a channel may be relevant to several communities and may be assigned accordingly by the author, for example.
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