Placecube Ltd

Knowledge Hub Digital Networks

Simple, easy-to-use digital collaboration helping you effectively communicate, collaborate and connect with stakeholders, partners and employees. Manage your own branded channel, members and communities hosted on the Knowledge Hub platform, meaning no infrastructure burden. Build a flexible collaboration space with a mixture of accessible open groups and closed intranet-style workspaces.


  • Trusted, secure (https), UK-hosted collaboration space within Knowledge Hub.
  • Flexible access controls and management allowing intranet and extranet.
  • Your branding across all network pages and groups.
  • Create your own open, restricted, privileged and private collaboration groups.
  • Content manage your own network information page and curate news.
  • Collaboration tools: blogs, discussions, library, real-time document collaboration, polls.
  • Monitor and manage your network using tailored reports and analytics.
  • Powerful search, recommendations engine, content tagging, categorisation and indexing.
  • APIs and social log in supporting integration with other systems.
  • Mobile responsive, unlimited data storage, affordable subscription; no maintenance fees.


  • Improved efficiency: less email traffic, pooled knowledge and resources.
  • Increased productivity, time and money saved, less duplication.
  • Silos broken down through internal and external knowledge sharing.
  • Raised brand profile within your network and beyond.
  • Improved two-way communication and engagement with employees and partners.
  • Opportunities to develop skills: knowledge management, facilitation, digital collaboration.
  • Quick set-up time: established within a few days.
  • Expert technical, online community and knowledge management support.
  • Community-led development path and platform-wide upgrades.
  • Opportunities to generate revenue through income share model.


£3,000 a unit a year

  • Free trial available

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Service ID

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Placecube Ltd Jenny Dias
Telephone: 020 8895 6756

Service scope

Software add-on or extension
Cloud deployment model
Public cloud
Service constraints
Scheduled maintenance takes place outside of the standard service hours of Monday-Friday 08:30-17:30. Planned maintenance downtime is always advertised in advance, and outside of these windows the service is normally available for use 24x7.
System requirements
No specific system requirements, but up-to-date web browsers preferable.

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Full email helpdesk facilities are available Monday to Friday 08.30-17.30 (excluding bank holidays). Most emails to our support helpdesk are answered on the same working day and many are answered within 2 hours.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Onsite support
Onsite support
Support levels
As stated above, full UK-based helpdesk services are provided Monday to Friday 08:30-17:30 free of charge. Our helpdesk is staffed by a team of experienced community managers, who are not only able to advise on functional use of the Knowledge Hub, but can also provide advice and guidance on how to run a successful online group. See information below covering onboarding for more information. Digital network clients also have access to a named account manager who supports them through the set-up process, helps with platform familiarisation for network managers and group facilitators and assists with any issues.
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
Digital network clients have access to a named account manager who guides them through the network set-up process, helps with platform familiarisation for network managers and group facilitators and assists with any issues. This is usually a mixture of face-to-face meetings and online webinar sessions. There is a broad range of free help resources available to all members of the Knowledge Hub via the help pages. Anyone new to managing an online group is provided with comprehensive information free of charge about how to administer their group together with helpful tips and advice on growing and managing online communities. All group administrators are invited to join the Online Facilitators Community that offers extensive advice not only from Knowledge Hub’s experienced team of community managers but also from facilitators across the wider Knowledge Hub community. Walkthrough webinars are also available for group administrators to familiarise themselves with group features. On-site, one-day training courses covering online community management and ongoing additional support packages are available at additional cost. (See Knowledge Hub Digital Community & Knowledge Management Training and Knowledge Hub Community Management Support)
Service documentation
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
  • Other
Other documentation formats
End-of-contract data extraction
Any files uploaded to folders within group libraries can be easily downloaded in zip files. A network member list can be downloaded via the network management reports. Other group and network data can either be manually copied, or could be provided as an encrypted zip file (see next question for additional detail).
End-of-contract process
When the service is no longer required, subject to legislation, including General Data Protection Regulations, a backup of all appropriate data and file content can be provided on request in encrypted zip format. Any extraction or migration of data would usually carry an additional charge depending on amount of data and format required. Once it is decided that a Knowledge Hub network should be deleted, all organisational branding, information pages, groups and their content will be removed from the site within an agreed period.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera
Application to install
Designed for use on mobile devices
Differences between the mobile and desktop service
The mobile service is a responsive version of the main site. Web pages are displayed in an appropriate format for the device screen width. The service can be accessed on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
Service interface
User support accessibility
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Description of service interface
Accessible via easy-to-use interface available over the internet through web browser.
Accessibility standards
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Accessibility testing
Third party testing, customer testing, internal testing.
What users can and can't do using the API
Knowledge Hub members may use the API to display collaboration group content on external sites. Knowledge Hub Digital Network Clients may also have access to view, create, edit and delete any entity their user account has permissions to perform those actions on.
API documentation
API documentation formats
API sandbox or test environment
Customisation available
Description of customisation
A digital network is your own branded ‘slice’ of Knowledge Hub, meaning several site elements can be customised according to your organisational look and feel. Customisable features include the colour of the main navigation bar and home button, which take on your organisational branding and avatar when the network is activated, and when any network group is displayed. You can also add your organisational logo on your network information page along with key details about your network and your organisation. Knowledge Hub system administrators create the network with relevant colour palette and branding, but the network information page is managed by you – the network owner. These details are added via a network settings area using a full text editor to make publishing as easy as possible. In addition, group administrators may add a logo or image to their group to enable it to stand out and identify it. Uploading a logo is straight forward using an image picker to select an image file from your desktop. Other customisations such as renaming group elements, or pulling in Twitter and RSS feeds are possible on request, as they are done by a Knowledge Hub system administrator.


Independence of resources
The service is proactively monitored and auto-scaled.


Service usage metrics
Metrics types
Network managers and group administrators can add a Google Analytics code to their networks and groups in order to monitor sessions, visits, page impressions etc. They can access this through their own GA dashboard and account. Network clients can access a set of downloadable management reports within Knowledge Hub, providing details of network and group membership and social activity. Individual group administrators can also access group management reports, providing details of group membership and social activity.
Reporting types
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports
  • Reports on request


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Conforms to BS7858:2019
Government security clearance
Up to Security Clearance (SC)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Supplier-defined controls
Penetration testing frequency
At least once a year
Penetration testing approach
‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest
Other data at rest protection approach
All data encrypted at rest using AES-256.
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach
In-house destruction process

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
Any files uploaded to folders within a group library can be easily downloaded in a zip file. A network member list can be downloaded via the network management reports. Other group data can either be manually copied, or could be provided as an encrypted zip file (see previous question for additional detail). The platform also has built-in export tools to download a compressed archive of data (LAR file).
Data export formats
  • CSV
  • Other
Other data export formats
  • Zip file
  • Files can be downloaded in the format they were uploaded.
  • LAR (zip) files
Data import formats
  • CSV
  • Other
Other data import formats
  • Most file types supported for upload to group library.
  • LAR (zip) file

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
TLS (version 1.2 or above)
Data protection within supplier network
TLS (version 1.2 or above)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
We aim to provide at least a 99.9% uptime service availability level. The service is fully resilient, with no single points of failure throughout the technology stack. The service comes with a 4-hour recovery time objective (RTO) and a 1-hour recovery point objective (RPO). This means that in the event of a major loss of infrastructure, the service would be available again within 4 hours, with a data loss of no more than 1 hour.
Availability excludes agreed scheduled maintenance events, customer-caused or third party-caused outages or disruptions, or outages or disruptions attributable in whole or in part to force majeure events. Any service-impacting planned maintenance work is always performed outside of UK business hours, with adequate notification to our clients.
We take nightly backups of all operating system and user data, with a 35-day backup retention as standard.
Approach to resilience
Redundancy across all application tiers, spread across multiple physical data centres.
Outage reporting
Incidents such as an unexpected break in service are reported on directly to network clients via email. We also use our KHub Connects group as a place for open feedback about the service. Any member of the Knowledge Hub may report a problem with the service for investigation via our helpdesk, which operates Monday to Friday 08.30-17.30.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
User authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Username or password
  • Other
Other user authentication
Users login with a username and password or sign in via federated authentication method, such as Google, Linkedin, or any OpenId Connect provider.
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Access to network management interfaces within all Knowledge Hub Digital Networks are allocated by system administrators to network managers only via defined role permissions. Network managers may specify those members allowed access to intranet areas of the network. Access rights to management interfaces within all Knowledge Hub Digital Collaboration Groups are allocated to group facilitators only via defined role permissions. Group facilitator permissions can be allocated by system administrators, or for groups within networks, by the network managers of that network.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Username or password
  • Other
Description of management access authentication
All users have individual access through their email address and their own password, private to them. Authentication is also possible through Open ID Connect.

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
UKAS by Bureau Veritas
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
The scope of the certification covers all areas of security management.
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Cyber essentials
Cyber essentials plus
Other security certifications

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes
We follow ISO standards and processes. Placecube have a policy and manual set that all staff must accept sign and adhere to.
The organisation leadership team commit its support to the ISMS and empower the Chief Security Officer to undertake any steps necessary to achieve the objectives of this policy and will ensure that its information security management practices are suitable for:

• Confidentiality of information.
• Integrity of information and services are maintained.
• Availability of information and services are maintained.
• Regulatory and legislative requirements are met.
• Continuous improvements being made to the Information Security Management System.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
Change Control Policy and Procedure – Specifies the scope and process for change control of our organisation’s information processing facilities for hardware, software and devices.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
All components within the stack (infrastructure and software) are continuously tested for vulnerabilities. We are alerted of any detected vulnerabilities by third party suppliers, and take action on a timescale commensurate with the severity.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
Services are monitored continuously, with alerting to the support team, who assess the potential compromise and undertake corrective action according to the severity threat level.
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
Managed through our support desk. The CSO and ISO ensure appropriate action taken in accordance with ISO27001 Incident management policy.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks

Social Value

Fighting climate change

Fighting climate change

Placecube will be Net Zero by 2030.

All employees and associates/contractors work from home, eliminating the need to travel to and from work. Travel to attend face to face meetings is undertaken only when absolutely necessary and journeys made via public transport, unless impractical to do so.

We use technology and digital tools to conduct our business, reducing the use of paper and printing. Supplies are procured from environmentally friendly sources. In an effort to tackle economic inequality we recycle computer equipment and mobile devices to benefit those most in need.

We encourage employees to adopt environmentally sustainable working practices and to contribute ideas as to how we improve.

We have ceased the use of ‘branded goodies’ at conferences and are exploring more environmentally friendly approaches
Covid-19 recovery

Covid-19 recovery

Minimal impact due to Virtual working
Tackling economic inequality

Tackling economic inequality

We work collaboratively and ensure that our clients never pay twice for the same development, actively promoting re-use, and repeatable services.

Digital Place is open-source, and non-proprietary, meaning that our customers can choose to resource new digital projects internally, or through local supply chains. Our promotion of local economic opportunities extends beyond the confines of the Authority, for we actively encourage collaboration by making the platform free to use for partner organisations and community groups. The product can be shared at no additional cost - delivering real economic gain for the public purse.

Supporting the development of strong integrated communities, through the use of the Digital Place Platform delivers a meaningful impact on local employment and economy – benefiting the wellbeing of those communities.

In an effort to tackle economic inequality we recycle computer equipment and mobile devices to benefit those most in need.
Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

Placecube embraces diversity, inclusion, and equality through our people. Our actions, supported by our various policies and processes enable this. We are committed to the Living Wage movement, are Disability Confident, and support the Armed Forces Covenant.
We recognise that the social value of place-based, connected, local public service can transform the lives of the most vulnerable in communities and make best use of the public purse, so that ever tightening resources can be focused on priorities and not duplication.
We contribute to the public sector and the not-for-profit sector through our free-to-use open knowledge exchange platform. Through Knowledge Hub, we contribute to best practice sharing and collaboration, supporting sector-led improvement, knowledge retention and skills development.

Our product, Digital Place, facilitates and promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing across communities, without location restraints. Our commercial model is designed to remove barriers to growth, so that our customers feel empowered to engage the communities they serve. For example, multi-agency use is part of our standard subscription in order to remove limits on users, enabling collaboration without additional cost.


The company and its leadership team are focused on the mental health and wellbeing of all our employees, clients, customers, partners, and suppliers, which has a positive impact on productivity and wellbeing. We have appointed a Mental Health First Aider to support our objectives.


£3,000 a unit a year
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available
Description of free trial
A free trial network can be set up in our test site for a limited period of up to 60 days in order for potential clients to assess the network capability and tools.

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