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This page provides general information about participation, self-organization and conflict resolution about the initiative.

Participation and self-organization does not require a membership, and does not collect membership fees. Collaboration in is done by parcipipants.

Role definition: participant. A participant must have made at least one significant contribution (*) towards a deliverable in the last 12 months. He/she can then run for seats and have voting rights on key decisions such as elections of the Steering Committee, Work Group chairs, etc.


(*) Significant contribution: Can be co-authorship of a whitepaper, contribution to a use case, participation in a project, etc. Contribution must be publicly documented. aims for a pragmatic and transparent process when it comes to self-organization. Work is done in projects, which are self-funded and self-organizing. Projects are initiated, monitored and potentially decomissioned by the Steering Committee.


Steering Committee: The Steering Committee (StC) is elected every two years. It consists of up to 6 representatives. Every active participant can apply. Elections are opened 4 weeks before the actual vote. Each applicant is given the chance to send an application letter to all active participants to introduce himself. The actual voting is done electronically and anonymous. A special election can be held to replace a Steering Committee member who resigns.

Conflict Resolution

Any participant may raise a formal objection or complaint to the Steering Committee, e.g. regarding decisions taken by projects. The Steering Committee will attempt to reach a resolution and report back to the participants.

Any Steering Committee member has the right to dispute a decision taken by the Steering Committee. This shall be settled by open dialogue in the Steering Committee.

In case the dispute can not be settled within the initiative, a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution ADR shall be chosen.

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