[globaloutlookDH-l] Terms of reference, redux

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Thu Oct 18 12:16:33 MDT 2012

Excellent points Oyvind, especially that last!

On 12-10-17 02:06 AM, Øyvind Eide wrote:
> Dear all,
> Sorry for having been a little slow on responding the last few days.
> Good work! I support the points below, with refinements suggested.
> I assume that representation could be double for some people, e.g.,
> representing one CO and one committee at the same time. We have a
> limited number of people willing to work on this, I guess.
> I also believe that one of the first things to discuss is how to
> approach scholars in areas where we would like to see development. How
> do we address the need of institutions being to a degree "homegrown"
> with the fact that we propose things from other parts of the world?
> Regards,
> Øyvind
> On 10/16/2012 05:27 PM, Daniel O'Donnell 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?
>> -dan
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