hey guys, i love the idea of being a community of practice! and i am really interested in being a standing community with members always coming in and bringing new things too! dare i call it a "MOORG?" (massively open online research group) (or reading group :)). so thank you for posting!
being entirely virtual i think we miss the social cues and chance run-ins that might make it easier to keep going in the physical world (duh, i guess). we don't have any specific responsibilities or process either, which kind of makes things amorphous. also, if any one person was responsible for all the organizing then i think that's too much (or would be for me!).
i could imagine specific roles being a weekly paper selector, and also a comment hearder - someone to make sure they get the comment thread going and engage discussion? i dunno, that's just an idea. but could be especially helpful for/with new people. making them feel welcome and stuff.
how about we create another "task" where people can sign up if they are willing to be a paper selector, and we can just keep cycling through that list of people. hopefully it will grow over time too.
on the more conceptual aspects, some other ideas about structuring our MOORG :)
- a way to vote on papers (eg like a "+1" if it interests you, say), so the selecting person for that week has a sense what people are excited about. and also have people put a comment as to why they think it sounds interesting, how they found it, what areas of research it touches on etc.
- having thematic periods? eg. like a month on cognitiive or a week on motivation.
- would also be cool if there was an easy way to rate papers so that eventually after all our reading, it would be really obvious which were the good papers or where people might start. so, our reading list would become curated over time, especially as more and more people read papers. maybe something like a simple poll on each paper.
thanks again for starting this thread - and love to hear other peoples' thoughts on how to keep the group going and evolve into a real CoP.