2012 Proposed Bylaw Changes
Discuss and vote on the following three proposed Bylaw changes at the Winter 2012 ESIP Meeting:
1. Change Type 3 Member Definition
Category 3 ESIPs shall be engaged principally in the
development and provision of Earth science applications.development, use or dissemination of Earth science information and applications for the purpose of commercial use, decision support, outreach, advocacy, or education.
- Comments: This proposed change has been amended based upon comments received at last year’s Winter Meeting.
- Public Comments:
2. Define replacement criteria for binding resolutions
Add II.2.7: Any resolution imposing a binding requirement on any ESIP shall require a two-thirds approval vote of the Assembly for passage.
- Comments: This proposed change replaces the original wording in which unanimous consent was required for resolutions that imposed requirements on its members.
- Public Comments:
3. Add new Data Stewardship Committee [proposed name amended and adopted]
Add VI.4.1: The ESIP Federation shall include a Standing Committee for Data Stewardship. Its roles are:
- a) To develop, evolve, foster, and adopt best practices and standards that ensure continued and reliable information content, quality, and usability of Earth system science data for as long as they are deemed to be of value.
- b) To facilitate the long-term preservation and stewardship of Earth system science data.
- c) To facilitate reference to and access to Earth system science data.
- Comments: This proposed change effectively elevates the role of the Preservation and Stewardship Cluster to recognize its importance. The change also expands its scope to encompass data quality, metadata, and other data-specific topics. This Committee provides an analog to the Information Technology Committee for data-related issues. Committees can receive funding and make formal recommendations.
- Public Comments:
- I agree with everything about this except the proposed new name. "Data Science", as the term is commonly understood (see, for example, the Journal of Data Science, or Mike Loukides's "What is data science?") is quite outside the scope of the current P&C Cluster and proposed committee. "Data Stewardship" by itself covers all the roles noted in the proposal, except for those parts of "access" that are more properly the concern of IT&I. Frew 15:56, 19 December 2011 (MST)
Discuss and refine the following proposals at a Breakfast session at the Winter Meeting, but vote upon them at a later date.
Continuing Challenges to be Addressed Through C & B Recommended Change
- Ongoing difficulty with quorums at annual business meeting. Dealt with partially through changing the definition of a quorum, but still an issue.
- Related to the first bullet, a number or ESIP organizations are inactive or defunct or not funded and need to be removed from the list of active members.
- Suggestions have arisen to create some additional membership categories to more fully represent breadth of members as well as to support other types of engagement.
- There is a recognition of a potential need to have membership levels for strategic partners to reflect their levels of support.
What an Improved Membership Structure Can Support
- Expectations of Being a Member
- New Member Types
- Individuals (including students and retirees)
- Data Users (e.g. decision/policy makers; engagement for understanding context for data use, workflow, data formats, etc.)
- Multi-function/comprehensive umbrella organizations/ consortiums
- Easy Member Termination (i.e. inactive or defunct orgs)
- Some ESIPs become defunct after their funding ends. We currently have no method to remove them from membership list
- Classify each ESIP by both a Type and a Membership Tier
- Type represents the member’s data activities
- Membership Tier represents their level of ESIP service/participation (e.g., funding, voting)
- Redefine Type 5 as data users
- Redefine Type 4 as any multi-function or umbrella entity, not limited to funders
- Funders identified through their Membership Tier
- Set ESIP expiration date for inactive ESIPs, but provide renewal process.
- Allow Individuals to join the Federation as any Type (generally they would be Type 5- Data User)
Proposed Membership Tiers
- Sustainer- high-level
- Sustainer- low-level
- Full (voting)
- Associate (non-voting)
- Executive Committee sets requirements to attain Full or Sustainer status, e.g. Full status requires paying for 2 Meeting registrations in the past year
- Data Users (Type 5) restricted to Associate status
- Associate memberships expire after specified period, e.g., 5 years
- Associate members can participate fully in ESIP activities, with the exception of Assembly voting.
Impacts on Type Representation
- Type 4 and 5 gain full representation on Administrative Committees
- Type 4 reps provide Administrative perspective
- Type 5 reps provide Data User perspective
- Several existing and pending ESIPs may choose to switch to Type 4 status (USGS, NCAR, etc.)
- Although Associate members cannot vote in the Assembly, they retain representation via their Type Representatives in Administrative Committees