[globaloutlookDH-l] Terms of reference, redux

O'Donnell, Dan daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Tue Oct 16 11:11:20 MDT 2012

Good idea! Maybe even a combination: invite COs to appoint representatives to go::dh and have a go::dh observer on relevant committees.

I'm thinking particularly that center net for e.g. might be interested and useful to have on gi::dh and at least two of the others already have semi-official representation.

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Neil Fraistat <nfraistat at gmail.com> wrote:
Dan and all,

I, too, am eager to hear what the rest of the group thinks about the points below. For now, I'd like to suggest that the two options you offer in point 5 might be supplemented by a third: that GO::DH have ex officio representation from the related ADHO committees, as opposed to the CO's themselves: those committees that would be relevant include Admissions, Conferences, MLMC, Training (once that is established). Perhaps Ray or someone else could suggest others that I have not thought to include in the list.


On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM, Daniel O'Donnell <daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca<mailto:daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>> wrote:
Here is the state of play in terms of the GO::DH structure and terms of reference as I understand the discussion. If this seems reasonable, I could add it to the draft description I sent round and we could submit it to the ADHO Steering Committee for discussion.

1) The organisation is a Special Interest Group focussed on ensuring issues in the global participation in DH are part of our general discourse at ADHO and serving as a facilitator between ADHO, its committees, COs, and members and those communities that are not represented by ADHO in any significant fashion.

2) Tasks include advocacy, research, and facilitation. GO::DH is not a replacement or competitor for any ADHO committee: its goal is to act as a resource and prompt, rather than an executor.

3) There is no limit on general membership. The important thing is that you are interested in the issue(s).

4) The group is to be led by a small executive made up of people who are willing to take a more active role in proposing activities, interacting with ADHO, conducting research, and the like. Ideally this will involve people with interests in various parts of the globe.

5) Participation by ADHO COs and committees would be extremely welcome if this seems wise to them and the ADHO SC: two possibilities for this participation might be that each CO appoint a representative to the GO::DH executive, or, if a lighter footprint is desired, that the SC appoint a couple of representatives to act for all (my preference would be the first option, I think).

6) When it seems desirable or practical, the SIG would break into smaller working groups focussed on a particular region or problem. Currently there is probably enough interest and participation for a group on China, for example.

I hope this is both accurate and the right combination of useful structure with minimal overhead and maximum flexibility. What do others think?

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