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  • New Community of Practice - Research Support!  See below on how to join.
  • CAUDIT has established a Special Interest Group yammer network.  The network is open to all IT staff from CAUDIT member institutions and has been created to provide you with a space to discuss topical issues or share information on projects.  The current topic being discussed is Office 365.  Join the network and join the discussion and suggest further topics.

How to connect with communities

Software Licensing (USLC) - University Software Licensing Collaboration

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.

Business Analysis

Open to IT and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations.

Enterprise Architecture

Open to IT and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations.


Open to IT and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations.

P3M (Portfolio, Program and Project Management)

Open to IT and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations.

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 and Library staff from CAUDIT member organisations.

CAUDIT Associate Directors

In Yammer   - a private network for Associate Directors (or equivalent) from CAUDIT Member organisations only, to communicate and share ideas and solutions to common goals and issues.

A list of past/retired Communities can be found here


CAUDIT communities of practice are open to staff at 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.