- Dori raises a valid and interesting question here: What's the
difference between a CoP and and SIG? Like almost everything else
under the KM umbrella, the answer is sort of squishy, but here's my
take on it (for whatever it's worth).
A Community of Practice is composed of individuals who have an
interest in a given activity, while a Special Interest Group is
composed of folks who have an interest in a particular topic.
For example, a CoP serving web techs supporting Intra/Inter/Extranet
development & support could also have SIGs comprised of people
focussed on Cold Fusion, DreamWeaver, or Apache.
By my lights, a CoP is usually general in nature, while a SIG is more
defined and focussed, but I always honor other opinions, so please
let me know what you think.
On a personal note, I want to thank Denham for pointing me to this
group, and to thank all of you for sharing your insights and
experiences; I expect to learn a lot here.
--- In email@example.com, Dori Digenti <digenti@l...> wrote:
> Thanks for the pointer to Pete's post on "ten steps to form a CoP."
> I think the ten steps make a lot of sense, I just don't think it's
> CoP that's being formed (so, even "forming a CoP" has an oxymoronic
> ring to it). It's more like an interest group. The groups that Pete
> is referring to seem to have no pre-existing informal groupings in
> them, and to my mind the CoP has some pre-existing, emergent form
> it before it is "facilitated." I guess I agree with you on your >
> >Seeding CoPs is an uncertain business IMO.
> Dori Digenti
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