From shared documentation to successful project implementation
We’ve been busy on the virtual road this month, facilitating sessions at a range of events to support researchers, research data managers, research software engineers, and others in their collaborative work. Alongside this we have launched our next wave of resources, which focus on harnessing documentation to support your collaborative work. Read on for more details!
Earlier this month, CSCCE Director Lou Woodley joined a session on team science and collaborative research as part of the Zuckerman Institute’s Neuroscience Symposium. She facilitated a workshop to highlight the value of creating collaboration guides to make visible the norms that underpin healthy, productive collaborations and to build trust between project participants.
Since 2017, we’ve supported more than 60 community managers, program managers, and PIs in developing community playbooks or collaboration guides for their collaborative work. Now, we’re releasing a new collection of resources to share some of our frameworks more broadly.
The first of these resources is a tip sheet on creating collaboration guides, which you can download for free from our Zenodo collection. To come over the summer are more tip sheets, each one focusing on a specific type of playbook, as well as an orienting guidebook to help you decide what kind of community playbook(s) might support your work.
Also in this month’s newsletter:
Pre-register for our fall online courses
Read more about our ongoing collaborations and trainings “on the road”
Catch up on what’s been happening in our community of practice, including our recent member networking event
Mark your calendar for our Summer Social
CSCCE online course pre-registration now open
We are now accepting pre-registrations for two of our fall courses, Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals (CEF) and Nurturing and Stewarding Engaged Online Communities (NOC). CEF offers a foundational curriculum for all community managers in STEM, whether new to the role or more seasoned, whereas NOC is an advanced course that explores social science research into how people interact online. Click the buttons below to register your interest, and keep an eye out for more courses coming to our catalog soon.
Creating collaboration guides: A workshop at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute
On 26 May, CSCCE Director Lou Woodley took part in the Zuckerman Institute’s Neuroscience Symposium, joining a session on team science and collaborative research. She facilitated a workshop for attendees to explore how and why collaboration guides are important, and shared a brand new CSCCE tip sheet on creating them.
Using virtual tools: A webinar for Code for Science & Society
In April, Lou and CSCCE trainer Jenny East hosted an interactive session on virtual events as part of the Code for Science & Society grantee workshop series. They focused on how to select and test online tools to help facilitate your meeting activities, and shared a guidebook to help you decide what tool to choose.
Building research software communities: A SORSE workshop
In March, Lou co-led a workshop on increasing community engagement as part of the Series of Online Research Software Events (SORSE). The workshop included a combination of lightning talks and longer sessions run by leading experts in community engagement and sustainability.
Join us on Wednesday, 16 June at 3pm UTC / 11am EDT, for this relaxed, community-focused event. We’ll be trying out a new community management game, Lingo Bingo, to explore community-building terminology, as well as offering opportunities for you to share what you’re up to and connect with other members. All are welcome, whether or not you are currently a member of the CSCCE community.
May’s community call recap – Personalized networking
For our May community call we piloted a curated networking forum with the intention of helping our members connect with others with similar interests and communities. After participants pre-registered, we created online dance cards for each of them, resulting in a high energy opportunity to forge new connections. In this blog post, we share our rationale for hosting the event, as well as an overview of our forum structure, which we’ll be reprising in the fall.
April’s community call recap – An update on CSCCE community programming
For our April 2021 community call we shared a quarterly update to make visible various projects we’ve been working on so far this year. In this post, we give a summary of our community programming and related community projects over the last few months, as well as a sneak peek at what’s coming up over the summer.
DEI Special Interest Group recap: Facilitating discussions around DEI
The DEI special interest group organizes regular seminars on issues facing community managers who want to build equitable and diverse cultures in their communities and networks. This guest blog post recaps the group’s 27 April seminar, in which 55 people from a range of countries discussed challenges and good practices in facilitating conversations around DEI.
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