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Communities of Practice

Learn about the Analytics Communities of Practice at UC San Diego.

About Communities of Practice

Communities of practice consist of regular Zoom sessions, mailing lists and forums where analysts come together to discuss specific topics, share best practices, ask questions and get answers.

Communities of Practice Code of Conduct

Be safe and secure. Respect the acceptable use of information policies and guidelines the university has in place. Treat private student and university information appropriately.

Be collegial. University data is a community asset and a community of people steward the data. Use and share the data with the best interests of the university community and our students in mind. Since parts of our data analysis environment is designed to allow for greater transparency, analysis will potentially be able to see other unit data. While we will make private to a unit what absolutely needs to be private, the way the university runs its business often involves multiple colleges and units at the same time. Don't use your access to take unfair advantage of another unit. Be transparent with the community on your analytical plans and intentions.

Help improve data quality. If you see data that doesn't appear to be correct, let someone know. The data and information system management teams can work with local units on any data entry and data management processes that might need to be changed to improve data quality.

Be open-minded and inquisitive. Data can be represented in multiple ways at the same time. While the analytic teams are taking great care to enable multiple views of the data to support the community, you might have a valid and unique perspective. In time, we can accommodate more ways of looking at the same data while not interfering with other views or taxonomies. The analytics teams and the community can educate users of the data how to use and interpret data.

Value individual uniqueness. People progress at different rates. The university has a responsibility to understand structural and educational issues that may be impeding their progress and use data and analytics to guide us in supporting them toward greater success. All of our people are talented, but some have had different opportunities than others.

Share. The main benefit from open analytics is the power of a community of analysts learning from each other rather than a few select individuals hoarding knowledge or access. As the community improves its knowledge and skill with the data, the university can improve accordingly.
Note: This page has a friendly link that's easy to remember: http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/analytics-community