During the last Experts Academy, we introduced the DHIS2 Community of Practice (CoP). The CoP is a response from many of you for a one-stop shop to find relevant resources and information online. The CoP will be a forum to ask DHIS2 questions and receive many answers with the possibility to start a discussion. It will be a place to publish DHIS2 roadmaps and discuss new features, get comments and feedback from the community, and connect with sector-specific implementers.
The DHIS2 community has been using Launchpad as the mode of communication. There are many useful functions with Launchpad but we have found that the Discourse platform will meet more of the needs of the community. We believe this move will enable us to have more in-depth conversations, include more of the existing community members and reach new ones. Discourse can also function as a mailing list and below are five other features that Discourse offers which would be advantageous to the DHIS2 CoP:
Ability to highlight contributors (e.g., badges for most answers to questions, likes, topics created) so we can recognize people who have been significant participants in conversations and helped others.
Ability to build sub-forums to enable more focused discussions (e.g., Case-based surveillance, CHIS, Security, Mobile) where interested parties can talk in detail without the entire community being notified.
Ability to reduce duplicate posts by showing related questions, pinned posts, etc.
Ability to add features like FAQ, voting for features or right answers, @mentioning relevant user groups or development teams, analytics on activity.
Ability to keep engaging the community by sending out weekly emails with the most active discussions.
Note also that all mailing list posts would be migrated from the existing lists so that you can claim and own your old posts and we can start recognizing major contributors immediately!
The aim is to migrate to Discourse completely in the end of November, with the official closing of the Launchpad lists and launch of the new DHIS2 CoP on November 29th.