Internet2 facilitates community collaboration in many different ways, convening community members for many different purposes. From large-scale events like the annual Global Summit to small-scale birds-of-a-feather groups, the community has many opportunities to meet, discuss, strategize, collaborate, develop products and services—and generally influence the future direction of research and education. Here are some of the various types of groups you'll find to participate in at Internet2.
When members encounter problems or issues that require group collaboration to proceed, or they envision a new product or service that they feel would be of use to their colleagues around the world, they may wish to call together a group of folks interested in discussing the options. This is usually called a birds-of-a-feather (BoF) group or session, and is often hosted at major Internet2 meetings.
Special Interest Groups
If a group wishes to meet regularly to discuss a range of issues related to a single topic area, they might form a special interest group (SIG). SIGs usually meet at major Internet2 events, and also at the discretion of its leaders.
If a group identifies a specific project or projects members would like to work on, it is time to create a new working group (WG). A working group usually has one or more chairpersons (these may change during the lifetime of the group), an Internet2 Liaison—an Internet2 staff person who can help facilitate communications, distribute work deliverables and marshal resources. A working group is a more formalized group, and should have a description, a charter or mission, and will also have deliverables and timelines, one or more mailing lists for group communication, meeting schedules. The group should also have a web page on the Internet2 website, and may have an associated wiki space for group collaboration on working documents and meeting notes.
Groups—Large and Small
Larger-scale groups also exist, like initiatives (for example, the Middleware Initiative), projects (for example, the COmanage Project) and communities (for example, InCommon). In general, an initiative is usually a strategic program that may include one or more groups of various types, all focused on advancing the goals of that program. A project is usually focused on producing something, like software code. A community is like a high-level SIG, a segment of our larger community that coalesces around a particular problem or subject area—an umbrella group that may also include groups of other types.
Smaller-scale groups such as committees and advisory groups exist within larger groups and serve important purposes, too, focusing on important topics or tasks, and clarifying the larger group’s process or direction.
Whatever the name, whatever the type, groups are where things get done and where the future direction of research and education is set. Why not become one of the direction-setters?
Browse through our existing groups and see which ones sound interesting to you. Your interest area not represented yet? Contact an appropriate Internet2 staff member about starting a group—or contact email@example.com. It's time to collaborate!
- Browse our member groups for current members and potential collaborators
- Browse groups by subject area to find like-minded group participants
- Look for current and potential group liaisons in our Staff Directory
Don’t find the group you need? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.