Explore the development of a CoP strategy from initial concepts through to deployment of what is becoming a de facto standard for networking and collaboration across the public sector. It covers the following key points: 1.Developing a trusted environment in an unbounded network. 2.Overcoming the silo mentality. 3.Leveraging Web 2.0 and social media applications for virtual collaboration. 4.What makes a successful CoP and how is success measured? 5.Breaching the digital divide 6.Lessons learnt.