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New page with Information for new collaboration area leads.

The CDI Coordinators propose that there be two different types of CDI groups. This distinction follows a model from the ESIP community collaboration areas, where there are less formal and more formal groups.

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Collaboration areas vary greatly in their activities and goals, and that is fine. We welcome all.

We would like to draw a distinction between less formal groups that can range from mailing lists to groups that maintain collections of resources, and do not have the expectation of reporting their activities, as opposed to more formal groups with frequent meetings and more documentation and reporting of their activities. 

A particular group may move from less formal to more formal or vice versa depending on its current level of activity. 

After initial designation, group activity will be considered at the beginning of each fiscal year and suggestions may be made by the coordinators to change types.

Note that these designations do not apply to temporary Focus Groups that have been known to form under formal collaboration areas, that have a finite lifetime and concentrate on producing a product/deliverable.

Type 1: Cluster, informal group

These groups need just a name, description of purpose, and a point of contact. We can set up a wiki space and communication tools for you. You might want a mailing list of occasional announcements, a group of people interested in the same topic waiting for an opportunity to flex their expertise, or a space to collect informational resources.

Requirements and opportunities:

  1. Supply cdi@usgs.gov with Point(s) of Contact and name of group, and a one sentence description of the group

  2. We’ll make you a wiki space - browse other groups to see any features you’d like us to add. (Feel free to copy and paste from their spaces.)

  3. At our monthly meetings you have the opportunity to update the CDI with any announcements, upcoming meetings, etc. (link to template, see examples by scrolling down). We hope you can attend to present it, but if you can’t, you can ask Leslie to present the slide for you. The slide is optional.

Type 2: Working group, more formal group

CDI working groups are the more “traditional” working group, in the sense that often formal presentations are given, meetings may be recorded, and notes are taken. In addition to name, description of purpose, and a point of contact, the group lead is welcome to join the bi-weekly CDI Coordinators calls to advise on events and activities, we’ll ask for reporting and attendance at the main monthly CDI call, and we'll request a short (couple-page) write up of your activities for our Annual Report in October.

Requirements and opportunities:

  1. We have bi-weekly Coordinators calls which you are welcome to, to help guide CDI, let us know if you’d like to be added to the Coordinators list. We appreciate all different viewpoints in these calls, where we discuss the RFP, monthly meetings, connections between working groups, and other topics

  2. In October we’ll ask for a write up of your activities in the past FY for our annual report (see examples at this link). This is just a page or two and helps us to keep track of all the good stuff you are doing.

For all groups:

  1. Communications options - let us know what you’d like us to set up

    1. Copy and paste email list (Metadata Reviewers CoP)

    2. Bison connect email (most of the older pre-2015 groups have this, it is administered through ecomputing, takes a while to get.)

    3. CDI Confluence (wiki) group (Tech Stack CoP)

    4. Other options that you decide (Data Science CoP) e.g. Slack, Trello, Google Hangouts.

  2. Best practices

    1. Keep notes and/or recordings of meetings (See Data management WG example), or some other alternative format to document what happened for those that weren't able to make the meeting.

    2. If you have events, help us keep our CDI Calendar up to date by letting us know about the events

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