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Knowledge Network (SKN)

Knowledge Network Migration Guide

The SMPTE Standards Community (SC) will move away from its current collaborative standards development platform that has caused us so many issues. Our new home will be the first steps in an initiative called the SMPTE Knowledge Network (SKN). Our goal is to migrate to the use of tools that allow controlled access to SMPTE workings across every aspect of the SMPTE organization.

The first step will be to replace the OLC platform with a suite of generic, maintained and readily available business tools consisting of Microsoft 365 and GitHub accessed through a consistent Microsoft Teams interface. Going forward we will do as much as we can of our standards development work in the generic Microsoft Teams and GitHub tools. 

SMPTE Knowledge Network Migration Guide


After many years of using a customized and specialized software for online collaboration in standards development SMPTE decided to move to set of tools which provide us with modern interfaces, better performance, and well documented API access to our data. Our new platform will be the first steps in an initiative called the SMPTE Knowledge Network (SKN). Our goal is to migrate to tools that allow controlled access to the SMPTE workings and knowledge across every aspect of the SMPTE organization. This move will result in a flexible, searchable system that can address our future needs for standards development and a much-improved (i.e. usable) mobile experience. The following motive

  • General move in the industry to more software development focused projects
  • Move away from monolithic specialized software applications
  • Move to commodity, microservices based applications in the cloud
  • Improvements in performance
  • Larger feature set which can be controlled by SMPTE
  • Flexible structure with easily swappable applications
  • General cost reduction

While we indent to at least build a minimal viable platform by the switch-over point in January 2021 to continue the SMPTE due process we strive to continue to improve the platform once the switch-over is behind us. This document will be continuously updated to provide guidance on how the SMPTE due process is implemented in Microsoft 365 (MS 365), Teams, GitHub and any other applications which form the SMPTE platform.

Read the complete  User Guideline

Tutorials Videos

SMPTE Teams Mobile App introduction


Activating SMPTE Teams Account

SMPTE Teams Client App Introduction

SMPTE Teams Webapp Introduction


SMPTE Outlook Web Access Introduction