I am a graduate student in a large experimental physics collaboration. Newcomers to the collaboration invariably complain about excessive use of jargon and insufficient documentation as barriers to their understanding and quick integration into the collaboration. Of course, jargon is unavoidable in any technical pursuit, and one should not expect to find comprehensive, polished documentation of what is essentially a work-in-progress, but there must be some effective techniques to communicate this stuff to new students with a minimum of frustration?
What are some "best practices" in communicating institutional knowledge to new (graduate student and post-doc) members of a large scientific collaboration?
Alternatively, what is the best way to prepare students for interaction with a big collaboration? Perhaps a few bits of advice at the beginning could help them become integrated and acquire institutional knowledge much more quickly(?).