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Finding a chair (was: RE: is DASL closed?)

From: Jim Whitehead <ejw@ics.uci.edu>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2000 16:03:09 -0700
To: Anderson_P_Bryan@keybank.com, www-webdav-dasl@w3.org
Message-ID: <NDBBIKLAGLCOPGKGADOJOEMADCAA.ejw@ics.uci.edu>
Anderson Bryan writes:
> What is the process for selection of a new chair?  Also, is there
> a resource enumerating the responsibilities?  I am interested in getting
> involved.  I have several projects internal to our organization in which I
am
> looking to utilize DASL so I would like to see the protocol succeed.

At present, there is no formal established process for selection of a new
chair.  Informally, I have been waiting for interested people to come
forward, as you have.  One other person also indicated they were interested,
but I haven't yet heard back from them.

The most detailed description of working group process and chair
responsibilities is given in:

IETF Working Group Guidelines and Procedures
http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2418.txt

Some of the responsibilities of the Chair are detailed in:

The Internet Standards Process -- Revision 3
http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2026.txt


Basically, a chair needs to ensure that IETF process is being followed,
ensure that timely progress is being made, and acts as an arbiter of
consensus in the working group.  The chair also organizes meetings and
conference calls, is responsible for organizing and leading meetings at the
IETF meetings (held three times a year, sometimes out of the country), and
for ensuring that minutes are kept for meetings. Beyond this, the chair
sometimes acts as a champion for the protocol within the wider community,
writing articles, giving presentations, etc., all in an effort to sell
people on merits of the protocol.  Depending on the delegation skill of the
chair, all of these items are potentially delegable :-)

As far as I'm concerned, the next chair of DASL will be the person who takes
the current charter (available off of http://www.webdav.org/dasl/), revises
it (to update the milestones, and list themselves as chair), and submits it
for approval to the IESG.  This will involve running the charter past the
list for approval.  In a sense, the charter is like the sword in the stone,
waiting for the right person to pull it out. :-)

I'd be more than willing to help you with this.

- Jim
Received on Wednesday, 3 May 2000 19:04:37 GMT

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