|Communities of Practice|
What is a Community of Practice?
The description "Community of Practice" is a relatively recent term, though the phenomenon it refers to is age-old. A Community of Practice (CoP) simply brings together and attracts people to share their knowledge and experience in an area, or ‘domain', thereby ensuring that future activities proceed with the benefit of the full range of experience available.
The basic principles of CoP's are:
A lot of literature is available on the concept of a community of practice. The benefits to be gained through participation, to both individuals and organisations, are shown to be great.
How do I participate in an established Community of Practice?
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research are establishing CoPs for domains relevant to the research carried out by the Division. The Alumni and anyone with interest in a stated domain is welcome to participate in community discussions, to read and add to the relevant wiki sites, or to join the mailing lists and events.
To date, CoPs have been established for the following domains:
To participate or learn more about a CoP, contact the person indicated next to the domain.
CoPs are currently being developed for the domains of Aquaculture and Model Data Fusion (CESM Data Assimilation and Parameter Estimation) and we anticipate there will be many more established at CMAR and across CSIRO in the very near future. As and when they are developed, the Alumni will be invited to participate.