From CommunityData

This page collects resources for Community Data Science Collective members.

New Member Resources

New members of the CDSC should check out both of the links below to become acquainted with the various resources and tools used within the group.

Non-Technical Resources


  • Schedule — Deadlines, events, and similar
  • CommunityData:Workshop — Weekly workshop sessions for sharing work and getting feedback
  • CommunityData:Jargon — Jargon and Common Shorthand
  • CommunityData:Logos — Like our visual branding, not like λόγος. Although we should always make sure we're good in that department too. very clear pointers. Save yourself the trouble and learn to follow these today!



Communication Infrastructure

The CDSC uses three primary modes of internal communication: email lists, IRC channels, and Jitsi video conference calling.

Email lists

New members of this group will need to subscribe to CDSC email lists to stay up to date with important information like group announcements or review shared materials before meetings and workshops. See the link below on how to subscribe to our email lists:


New members should also join the CDSC IRC channel for synchronous communication (live chat) between group members. See the link below on how to connect to our IRC channel and get set up with IRC in general:


Finally, the CDSC primarily uses Jitsi for video conference calls for weekly group meetings. You will want to learn how to use Jitsi and proper etiquette during video call meetings by checking out the link below:

  • CommunityData:Jitsi — Some etiquette/usability tips for Jitsi, our preferred video conference tool.

Blogs and Wiki Information

For information on how the CDSC blogs, tweets, posts, etc., check out the links below:

Research Infrastructure

Papers, Presentations, and Templates

Stuff related to getting setup and/or troubleshooting things related to LaTeX and papers:

A few of us use HTML-based presentation. Information on that is here:

Computation, Servers, and HPC

Research and Data

Project Pages:

Future Meetings and Conferences

We typically have an annual CDSC retreat; you can see pages for many of them in the Past Meetups section below. They often include workshopping, which historically involved CommunityData:Critique and Feedback Sessions.

  • 2024 Meetup TBD - As of Dec. 1, 2023, planning for a future retreat (anticipated fall 2024) has not yet started. Come back later!

Conferences we often attend include ICA, CHI, CSCW, as well as many others. You can find information about the upcoming iteration of those conferences on their respective websites.

Past Meetups

Group meetups (CDSC retreats):

Other meetups:

University of Washington Resources

Northwestern Resources

Purdue Resources

To be populated soon!


  • CommunityData:Light events — The light in the lab at UW is funny. We have three fluorescent lights. On flipping the light switch, only two turn on. The third turns on eventually. We are studying this arcane phenomenon.