Winter 2012 Proposed Bylaw Changes

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Change Type 3 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 change was prepared by the Partnership Committee and amended based upon comments received at the Winter Meeting.



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 for passage.


Comments: This change replaces the original wording in which unanimous consent was required for resolutions that imposed requirements on its members.



Add new Data Science and Stewardship Committee

Add VI.4.1: The ESIP Federation shall include a Standing Committee for Data Science and 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 change 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.



Replace Active/Inactive status with Full/Associate member status

Add I.8.1: All ESIPs shall be classified as either Full or Associate. Only Full members have representation and voting rights in the Assembly.

Add 1.8.2: A Category 1, Category 2, or Category 3 ESIP achieves Full status either by: a) paid participation in two ESIP Federation meeting during the previous calendar year or b) paying a membership fee equal to the cost of two paid meeting participations.

Add 1.8.3: All Category 4 ESIPs shall be Full members. All Category 5 ESIPs shall be Associate Members.

Modify I.2.2: Each Category 1 ESIP that is a Full Member must designate one Representative to the Assembly by submitting the name to the Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committeea representative designated by the Executive Committee.

Modify I.3.2: Each Category 2 ESIP that is a Full Member must designate one Representative to the Assembly by submitting the name to the Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committeea representative designated by the Executive Committee.

Modify I.4.2: Each 'Category 3 ESIP that is a Full Member must designate one Representative to the Assembly by submitting the name to the Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committeea representative designated by the Executive Committee.


Comments: This change effectively sets up two membership tiers - Full (voting) members and Associate (non-voting members). Associate members can fully participate in all Federation activities, with the exception of voting. The criteria for achieving Full status is to pay for two Meeting attendances in the previous year (or write a check for the difference, as membership dues).