Fwd: [globaloutlookDH-l] Terms of reference, redux

Neil Fraistat nfraistat at gmail.com
Thu Oct 18 13:10:30 MDT 2012


Resending this to the whole group.--Neil

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From: Neil Fraistat <nfraistat at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM
Subject: Re: [globaloutlookDH-l] Terms of reference, redux
To: daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca


I'd like to bring back into the mandate some language that I used in an
earlier email, however the group would like to adapt it:

"We might then think about the work of GO::DH as locating dh activity in
particular geographical areas not currently involved with ADHO, surveying
that activity, identifying key contact people and institutions,
ascertaining their interest in engaging with ADHO, and then making the
handshake to Admissions."

This makes the mandate concrete and specific, suggesting the kind of work
that would need to be done.

Best,
Neil

On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM, Daniel O'Donnell
<daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>wrote:

> I could see that in the idea: this is an excellent bit of language for
> making it explicit.
>
> I also agree that that is the place where the most natural interest
> probably is. AND it reduces what was threatening to become a heavy
> organisational overhead.
>
> I'm guessing in terms of organisation we are now thinking something like
> this:
>
> Executive Committee consisting of 4-6 people ideally who are able to spend
> some modicum of time thinking about it. Membership includes reps from COs
> (presumably drawn from the people who were interested in it anyway) and is
> drawn with some eye to distribution of geographic interests or (keeping
> Oyvind's point in mind, hopefully geography).
>
> Beyond that, no real limit on membership: if you are interested and want
> to be on the mailing list, you are in.
>
> Mandate is to research, promote, and facilitate global participation in DH
> across the spectrum: encouraging researchers, institutions, students, etc.
> to get in contact with each other and collaborate; encourage and foster the
> development of organisations supporting DH in areas that currently do not
> have a large presence in the ADHO community, generally focus on encouraging
> contacts.
>
> That's not so elegantly stated, but I'm sure we've had good language
> earlier in the discussion.
>
>
> On 12-10-18 12:34 PM, Neil Fraistat wrote:
>
>> Right, Dan. The point would be that Admissions hands off the relevant
>> follow up to the appropriate committee; much of what arises will
>> certainly not concern admission at the organization level.
>>
>> Neil
>>
>> On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM, Daniel O'Donnell
>> <daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca <mailto:daniel.odonnell at uleth.**ca<daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>>>
>> wrote:
>>
>>     I agree. I think this proposal also avoids the potential for
>>     conflict in mandate with the Multilingual and MultiCultural
>>     committee. Elisabeth was quite comfortable with everything last time
>>     we talked, but I have still always worried about mandates clashing
>>     in practice or appearance.
>>
>>     The only caveat I would suggest to this is is that I think it would
>>     be a mistake to see us as working narrowly on admissions issues.
>>     GO::DH seems to me to be more community development rather than
>>     straight on admissions--though that is obviously not in conflict
>>     with admissions.
>>
>>     So, for example, a perfectly reasonable result would be an increase
>>     in African individual participation in the ALLC, or Latin American
>>     participation at DH, rather than the creation of an African or Latin
>>     American DH society.
>>
>>     I realise that narrowly focussing on admission to ADHO was not what
>>     was being suggested. My point only is that if a danger of being not
>>     assigned to admissions is that the mandate might start creeping
>>     around, a danger the other way is that association under admissions
>>     might have a psychological effect of narrowing it.
>>
>>     I still think this is a great idea, though. Probably the thing to do
>>     is make sure the language about the mission and range of activities
>>     is very good.
>>
>>     I think there have been some real steps forward here!
>>
>>     -dan
>>
>>
>>     On 12-10-18 09:10 AM, Marcus Bingenheimer wrote:
>>
>>         Neil and Ray,
>>
>>         Personally I would be very comfortable working within this
>> framework
>>         (GO::DH reporting to Admissions). It seems like a good basis for
>>         discussions with prospective ADHO or Centernet members in India
>>         and China.
>>
>>         marcus
>>
>>         --
>>         Dr. Marcus Bingenheimer 馬德偉
>>         Department of Religion, Temple University
>>         http://mbingenheimer.net
>>
>>
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