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<i>Draft; candidate for endorsement. [[/Annotation]] of this page. [[/Discussion]] of this page.</i>
  
The BioPAX working group is not incorporated and has no by-laws.
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In the following, <i>group</i> means the BioPAX working group.
  
 
<b>Membership</b>
 
<b>Membership</b>
  
Membership in the BioPAX working group is open to all.
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Membership in the group is open to all interested parties.
We will change this policy if it leads to problems.
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<b>How decisions are made</b>
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<b>Open Source</b>
  
Decisions are made by consensus at telephone conferences and face-to-face meetings.
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Open source licenses that are academic and corporate friendly are used for all work created by the group.
Decisions are made by those attending, with proxies allowed.
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(We'll change this policy if it leads to problems.)
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There are no votes.
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Consensus is essentially unanimity but implies a commitment on everyone's part to respond to
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<b>Decision Making</b>
issues and iterate until agreement is reached.
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For reasons of efficiency, the group may give limited decision-making ability to committees and
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Decisions are made for the BioPAX project either directly
individuals (see [[Committees and Delegation]]).
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by the group, or by an entity (committee or individual) to which the
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group has delegated limited decision-making authority.
  
N.b. as a matter of courtesy, any important issues must be listed
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To simplify the following, decisions made in either of these two ways
on a meeting's agenda ahead of time so that members have an opportunity to
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will both be considered to be decisions made by the group.
participate in decisions around that issue. For example,  
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someone might decide to attend a meeting they
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Decisions made directly by the members are made by consensus
otherwise would have skipped, or to designate a
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at telephone conferences and face-to-face meetings.  
proxy.
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(For brevity, meetings at which direct decisions may be taken will be called
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simply "meetings".)
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Decisions at meetings are made
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by those attending, with proxies allowed. Consensus is essentially
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unanimity, but implies a commitment on everyone's part to respond to
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issues and iterate until agreement is reached.
  
(Gary says that technical decisions are sometimes made by email using a
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<b>Conduct of Meetings</b>
wait-until-discussion-has-ended rule.)
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Q: Do some members have more importance or status than others?
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Meetings will be announced on biopax-discuss with a minimum of one
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week lead time.  Announcements will include a link to an agenda.
  
A: No.  We will endeavor to balance the needs of various constituencies
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Any important issues must be listed on a meeting's agenda with a
guided by the goal of advancing biology.
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minimum of one week lead time so that members have time to plan to
(We'll change this policy if it leads to problems.)
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attend or send a proxy to meetings that raise
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issues that they care about.
  
Q: Are members with leisure and/or salary to work on BioPAX more
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Decisions must be recorded in the BioPAX wiki and a link sent to the
important than others?
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biopax-discuss list.
  
A: No (although inevitably it's easier to influence others
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<b>External Representation of the Group</b>
when you have the time to do research and lobbying in
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support of your own opinions and goals).
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Chris Sander disagrees, and says that those who have the luxury
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to be helpful 'should' have more influence, and describes BioPAX as a
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"do-ocracy".
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Q: How can we find out, at any given time, who has responsibility to
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The group decides how it is to be represented externally, including
do what (either as a committee or as an individual)?
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(but not limited to) representations in presentations, proposals, and
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web pages.
  
A: If a designation of this kind is made at a meeting, then this
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A public BioPAX wiki page or web page can be proposed for
should be recorded on the wiki or web site, e.g. "Advisory
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endorsement by the group. By deciding to endorse a page, the group
committee: Alice, Bob, and Carol."  This will serve to shame people
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agrees that the page speaks for the group.
into doing work, and reward them in a small way for what they do.
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[[Discussion of BioPAX Governance]]
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Endorsement of a page occurs at a meeting. The
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endorsement request must be placed on the meeting's agenda with
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a minimum of one week lead time.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 19:18, 13 May 2010

Draft; candidate for endorsement. /Annotation of this page. /Discussion of this page.

In the following, group means the BioPAX working group.

Membership

Membership in the group is open to all interested parties.

Open Source

Open source licenses that are academic and corporate friendly are used for all work created by the group.

Decision Making

Decisions are made for the BioPAX project either directly by the group, or by an entity (committee or individual) to which the group has delegated limited decision-making authority.

To simplify the following, decisions made in either of these two ways will both be considered to be decisions made by the group.

Decisions made directly by the members are made by consensus at telephone conferences and face-to-face meetings. (For brevity, meetings at which direct decisions may be taken will be called simply "meetings".) Decisions at meetings are made by those attending, with proxies allowed. Consensus is essentially unanimity, but implies a commitment on everyone's part to respond to issues and iterate until agreement is reached.

Conduct of Meetings

Meetings will be announced on biopax-discuss with a minimum of one week lead time. Announcements will include a link to an agenda.

Any important issues must be listed on a meeting's agenda with a minimum of one week lead time so that members have time to plan to attend or send a proxy to meetings that raise issues that they care about.

Decisions must be recorded in the BioPAX wiki and a link sent to the biopax-discuss list.

External Representation of the Group

The group decides how it is to be represented externally, including (but not limited to) representations in presentations, proposals, and web pages.

A public BioPAX wiki page or web page can be proposed for endorsement by the group. By deciding to endorse a page, the group agrees that the page speaks for the group.

Endorsement of a page occurs at a meeting. The endorsement request must be placed on the meeting's agenda with a minimum of one week lead time.