Information for new and potential collaboration area leads.
"Collaboration Area" is a catch-all term that includes communities of practice, working groups, focus groups, and clusters (see definitions below).
Collaboration areas vary greatly in their activities and goals, and that is fine. We welcome all.
There are very few requirements for being a collaboration area under the CDI.
Communications options - let us know what you’d like us to set up
Copy and paste email list (Metadata Reviewers CoP)
Bison connect email (most of the older pre-2015 groups have this, it is administered through ecomputing, takes a while to get.)
CDI Confluence (wiki) group (Tech Stack CoP)
Other options that you decide (Data Science CoP) e.g. Slack, Trello, Google Hangouts.
(From the CDI 2018 Annual Report)
Cluster: A less formal group that can range from a mailing list to a group that maintains online collections of resources on their area of interest.
Collaboration area: A group formed around a specific topic that provides a platform for sharing resources and knowledge, discussing challenges, and identifying solutions that will help to advance data integration in the Earth and biological sciences.
Community of practice: A group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly (https://wenger-trayner.com/introduction-to-communities-of-practice/). The Community for Data Integration itself is a community of practice, and some of its collaboration areas identify themselves as communities of practice.
Focus group: Smaller and usually time-limited groups that form to address more specific issues and report up to their respective collaboration area.
Working group: A subgroup of the Community for Data Integration that forms around common interests, helps address challenges, and identifies solutions that enable data integration efforts.