Hello! This post is a short recap / key info page on the work that the Governance Task Force has taken on since September of proposing an update the the governance of the IOP Alliance.
The overall process is described here. In a nutshell:
- We are looking at governance of the IOPA in 2 phases. First (1) we look at two elements: membership and decision-making. Then 2: that membership, with this decision making structure, as defined in phase (1), will look at other elements, such as relations with the different entities that the IOPA operates through/sets-up. We call these elements “secondary elements”, not because they are secondary in nature, but secondary in chronology.
- Chicken/egg: How do we decide on decision making ??!! Where we are heading as this current task force: a proposal on membership and decision making, to submit for approval according to the present and the future:
– the current decision making structure
– the decision making structure that would exist if the proposal is approved
- Anyone can join the task force. Introduce yourself here!
Where is the work at?
We are currently in the “High-level concepts” phase. The community feedback phase was launched on April 20th during this call. This miro board was used to present an overview of these proposals.
You can read the notes for the previous meetings on the rolling agenda/notepad, though I would suggest heading first to the miro board, on which we have been capturing and grouping the elements that we are working on
(i.e: workstream 1: decision making, workstream 2: membership, workstream 3: foundational documents).
A short update on each workstream:
Workstream 1: Decision-making:
We abstracted from the way the IOPA is currently structured, and identified where the need for decision-making happens, from which a list of governance “bodies” emerged. We are now looking a their roles/responsibilities/mandate source. If you have suggestions, join, the next call or add it in this thread
Workstream 2: Membership:
Angles we are exploring: why a membership, why be a member, and what does membership look like in networks that we are inspired by. If you have suggestions, join, the next call or add it in this thread
Workstream 3: Foundational documents:
We are writing a code of conduct.
We are also at the very beginning of drafting a charter: all inputs are welcome in this thread.
Gratitude: Task force members, thank you for your time and brain power! Also, this process is supported by the digital infrastructures incubator of Code for Science and Society and the Sloan Foundation.