How: Programming

CDI programming is designed to support its purpose to

The major components of CDI Programming are:

Monthly Virtual Meetings

Workshops and Meetings

Annual Request for Proposals

Proposals page

Previous year schedules

Task list

Collaboration Area Meetings

Collaboration Areas

CDI Collaboration Areas - more detailed information

Biennial in-person workshop

Workshops and Meetings

Special Trainings and Events, including Group Learning

Special Workshops and Training Events

Content Strategy

How to reinforce community values?

How often to share, where?

How to find what you need?

How to make it engaging?

Whose role to create it?

Content goals

Content calendar


Communications Plan

Need to move the plan some place with greater view permissions.

How: Community Guidelines

The CDI currently does not have community guidelines or a code of conduct. Other communities have developed guidelines that outline expected behavior, behavior that will not be tolerated, consequences of unacceptable behavior, and reporting. In the future, the CDI may develop guidelines if they decide that they are necessary.

A good example of guidelines is at:

Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines

How: Best practices for community management 

For Coordinators

Collaboration Area Best Practices

CDI Collaboration Areas 101 

CDI Collaboration Area Checklist

CDI Collaboration Areas - more detailed information

Resources for Collaboration Area Leads

Running virtual meetings

Most CDI meetings are conducted virtually and come with the challenges of meetings on the web/phone. Some tips on running virtual meetings are here. 

See the CALM Events manual for additional tips for building community during webinars. (link)

Engaging members

Tips for increasing engagement within a collaboration area are documented on the wiki here. 

For Facilitators

New member management

The new member workflow and links to more information is available on the wiki to signed-in CDI coordinators.

Workflow for Monthly Meetings

The workflow for monthly meetings includes timing of actions, email templates, and post meeting tasks. To do: Documentation of Monthly Meetings

Award solicitation and selection

Information about the CDI Award, which was formalized as a USGS award in 2019, is available on the wiki. To-do: More detail about the award selection process and an archive of past award citations.

Management of CDI Facilitator tasks

CDI Tasks are managed on the Microsoft Planner app, and are available to CDI facilitators. To-do: move workflow details of how Planner is used to the CDI Facilitators wiki space and link here. 

Request for Proposals Procedures 

CDI Request for Proposals Planning and Workflow on the CDI wiki, including list of tasks and timeline.

Workshop Planning (timeline)

A list of tasks and timeline for workshop planning.

To-do: convert FY19 .xlsx to a wiki page whose table can be copied.

The CALM events manual provides guidance for building community at events. (link)

How: Best practices for community participation

For members: How to participate in the community

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