[CIG-ALL] State of CIG: Report on EC activities and opportunity for feedback (due August 15, 2019)

Dear CIG community,

The Executive Committee (EC) has been working hard to ensure that CIG can make a successful transition to a world without Louise Kellogg. There were some immediate and urgent decisions that we had to make quickly such as the need to appoint an interim director and a PI for the CIG grant to UC Davis. As we previously mentioned, the EC was pleased to accept earlier advice from Louise that Magali Billen would be an excellent interim director in her absence.

The EC would like to express our particular thanks to Lorraine Hwang for taking on many additional tasks to keep the organisation running smoothly for the past few months. We also recognise that all CIG staff have found themselves with additional work and this is likely to be true for a few months yet. Thank you to you all.

The EC also spent some time considering the medium term needs for CIG (the remaining two years of CIG-III) and the longer term (CIG-IV and beyond). We met at UC Davis on June 17th and 18th to review the state of CIG, meet with UC Davis leadership, and provide guidance to Interim Director, Magali Billen during this period of transition.

The EC found very strong support for CIG-IV from UC Davis and also from those members of the CIG community that we have talked with and who have approached us. Community feedback is very important to help in the transition from CIG-III to CIG-IV and we identified a number of opportunities to gather your ideas for this phase of CIG including a community wide survey that is available immediately and which we would ask everyone to complete and pass on to interested parties. We hope to finalise the results of the survey by August 15.

Survey link: CIG IV Strategic Planning Survey<https://ucdavis.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6S74SXs9i3YacaF>

The EC also outlined the steps to prepare for and write the CIG-IV proposal to NSF (due in summer 2021) which include the following

The steps towards submitting the CIG-IV proposal include:

  1. gathering community feedback in the summer of 2019,
  2. establishing a proposal writing committee in the fall of 2019,
  3. convening an all-hands meeting in the spring of 2020, and
  4. developing the CIG-IV proposal in the fall of 2020 to spring 2021.

The time-line for planning and writing the CIG-IV proposal is outlined below.
This plan begins with a community survey (add link) to map out the shifting landscape of software and community development priorities.

  1. Summer 2019: gather community feedback (members of CIG, NSF, UC Davis etc)
  2. Fall 2019: establish proposal writing committee
  3. Spring 2020: all-hands meeting (2-days) follow by proposal writing meeting
  4. Summer 2020: call for white papers
  5. Fall 2020-Spring 2021: proposal writing

As always, if you wish to contact a member of the EC directly, you can do so and we will treat your feedback in confidence.

On behalf of the EC, I would like to wish everyone a happy and productive (Northern) Summer and look forward to reading your responses to the survey.

Louis Moresi

PS - The direct link to the survey is: https://ucdavis.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6S74SXs9i3YacaF

Prof Louis Moresi


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