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Find your people and join a CAUDIT Community of Practice:

Business Analysis

Open to IT, eResearch and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations.

The Business Analysts Community advocates for the identification and development of strategies, tools and communication to support good practices activities among organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

P3M (Portfolio, Program and Project Management)

Open to IT, eResearch and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations.

The P3M Community holds an annual two-day forum (in addition to monthly meetings) to discuss latest issues and ways of supporting and collaborating with fellow organisations. Participation in the P3M Community will help you engage and share the experiences of others in the sector and gain useful insights into how you can deliver business value by advancing portfolio, program and project management capabilities.

Research Support

Join the Yammer network  - a forum for those working in the eResearch space and who wish to engage, share and collaborate.

Open to IT, eResearch and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations.

The Research Support Community is a forum for all practitioners engaged in supporting eResearch activities across CAUDIT’s broad membership base and is also open to strategic partners within the sector.

Enterprise Architecture

Open to IT, eREsearch and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations.

Focussing on Enterprise Architectures role in supporting universities by being an integral part of the university, the EA Community exists to improve the value of enterprise architecture to higher education and research institutions. They hold an annual Symposium and have contributed significantly to the ongoing development of the industry reference models for higher education.

Cybersecurity

Open to IT, eResearch and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations.

The Cybersecurity Community serves as both a strategic and functional vehicle for engagement and collaboration on trends, risks, threats, impacts, controls and good practices associated with all aspects of cybersecurity related to people, process and technology.

University Software Licensing Collaboration (USLC)

Open to IT and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations If you work for a CAUDIT Member institution and are interested in hearing about CAUDIT Procurement news more generally subscribe to the procurement email list here.  Please note that the Procurement list is a closed group and not open to vendors.

The USLC collaboration has matured through cooperation and trust into a successful endeavour with participating organisations benefiting by achieving superior licensing agreements, pricing, terms and conditions. In addition to regular online engagement, the USLC hold an annual Software Licensing and Asset Management Conference.

CAUDIT Associate Directors Network

Open to senior staff from CAUDIT member organisations.

A private network for Associate Directors (or equivalent) from CAUDIT member organisations only, to communicate, share ideas and solutions to common goals and issues.

Special Interest Groups

Join the Yammer network and select which topic you wish to follow

Open to IT, eResearch and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations.

Special Interest Groups are a forum for IT staff from CAUDIT member organisations to begin a discussion on topical issues that exist for many organisations. These are not Communities of Practice and the topics remain active only while the content continues to be of importance to contributors, importantly however, the content is not lost or discarded so remains a useful reference point down the track.

A list of past/retired Communities can be found here

CAUDIT communities of practice are open to staff at CAUDIT member organisations who want to share information and experiences with their peers on a particular aspect of information or communications technology.   Communities of practice are self-governing.  Their activities range from ad-hoc information sharing and networking, to coordinated efforts to solve common problems.

How to join an existing community of practice

  • Simply visit the sign-up page and enter in your name and email address.  (Note that you must sign-up using your work email.  Membership is open to all IT, Library and eResearch staff of CAUDIT member institutions.  In some circumstances, staff from partner organisations are able to join a Community.  You should liaise with the Chair of the Community to ascertain whether this is appropriate.)

How to start a new community of practice

  1. First you will need a leader.  This person needs to be willing to seek out a core group of people to steer the community and to guide and motivate the core group in organising meetings and activities.   The leader needs to generate the momentum to start the community and keep it running.
  2. Once you have a leader, contact CAUDIT.  We can send the word out to our members to help you find your core steering group.
  3. With your core group in place, you can begin to share information with one another and using the Community Terms of Reference as your starting template, plan how to expand the group and what activities you would like to engage in.
  4. Once you have a clear vision, have read the CAUDIT Supporting Communities Policy talk to CAUDIT about making it formal!

How CAUDIT can assist with your community of practice

  • Using our communications channels – eNewsletter, mailing lists, website, and social media – for community announcements
  • Providing a mailing list for community members
  • Providing a Yammer network to engage, share and collaborate
  • Providing a subgroup to the CAUDIT LinkedIn group for the community
  • Providing tools for running online meetings, webinars or surveying each other
  • Helping with logistics to organise a study tour, forum, symposium or other events
  • Providing advice on running larger events such as a conference
  • CAUDIT supports Communities in different ways and this is included within the CAUDIT Supporting Communities Policy

 Tips on keeping a community of practice running

  1. Always have an identified leader who will take the responsibility for keeping the community running.
  2. Have a core group to assist the leader – one per state or region is a good model.  This group can liaise with other community members in their state or region.  If you lose one of these core group members, try to replace them as soon as possible with someone else from the same area.
  3. Schedule a virtual meeting for the core group every month or every two months to set the agenda for community activities.
  4. Keep the mailing list active by posting to it at least every few weeks.
  5. Schedule a webinar for the wider community two or three times a year, with short presentations from several members on a particular topic.
  6. Continue to use CAUDIT’s communication channels to reach out to new members.
  7. Look for opportunities for face-to-face meetings and networking.  These might be meetings you organise yourselves, or gatherings at larger conferences such as THETA.