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IT Communities of Practice

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Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of people who share an interest in something they do and regularly interact to learn how to do it better.

At the University of Minnesota, anyone can elect to participate in both formal communities of practice (fCoPs) and informal communities of practice (iCoPs) related to information technology. Levels of participation can range from signing up to get Google Group updates to volunteering to lead an Affinity Group or even an iCoP or fCoP.

Informal Communities of Practice

Informal CoPs may exist for any length of time and work on multiple topics or problems concurrently or sequentially as determined by their members. 

Some of the technology-related iCoPs are:

  • Academic Technology - for people who share a concern or passion for Academic technology. Meets monthly. 
  • Code People - an open network of UofM application developers looking to further programming skills & capacity to innovate. Meets monthly to share tools & tricks of the trade via presentations, workshops, and facilitated discussions.
  • Computer Management - a Google Group for IT professionals discuss, develop, and collaborate on Computer Management standards across the University System.
  • Integrating Data, Enterprise Architecture, and Applications (IDEAA)
  • Net-People/Comp Sec - subscribe to browse the archive of meeting notes and get meeting invites
  • PeopleSoft SQL - join the Google group to receive meeting invitations.
  • Research Data Management -  a Google Group for researchers and on-campus service providers to discuss issues around research data management: storage, security, archiving, sharing, preservation - and beyond.
  • UMN Mass Email (Google Group) - Learn about events and initiatives relating to mass email at the University of Minnesota. 
  • University Analysts Group - meet with other Data Analysts at the University. Join the Google group to receive meeting invitations
  • Web and Tech Accessibility - a diverse group focused on improving web and tech accessibility across the U. The work of this iCoP is on
  • Women in Technology (WIT) - women and allies working to support each other, grow our professional networks, and create a more inclusive environment for women working with technology at University of Minnesota. 

Some groups also post their meeting invitations on the IT@UMN Calendar

If you are a representative of an IT community group and would like to have it listed above and/or have your events posted on the IT@UMN Calendar, please send an email to

Formal Communities of Practice

Central IT priorities are selected through the IT governance process and based on community input. Once selected, IT leadership establishes fCoPs to complete the work of addressing these priorities in the next year. Leadership appoints a leader who can foster participation, establish a charge, and develop clear milestones and success criteria.

The fCoPs are self-governing: They write their own charters and identify individual governance structures. All University students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in the fCoPs. Find additional information below.