[aaloa promoters] Nominating the temporary governing board

Francesco Furfari francesco.furfari at isti.cnr.it
Tue Sep 7 11:39:47 CEST 2010

  sure volunteers.

Let me also add that sometime the lazy consensus used by Apache 
community works very fine.
When a new member is invited to join to a software project, at least 3 
favourable votes should be collect to accept the new member.
It helps the board by avoiding a boring counting of the people. Of 
course if there is one negative vote it works as a veto. So people start 
to discuss until a consensus is reached, that's veto is cancelled.
This rule cannot be used for example for modification of a by-laws, but 
it works as facilitate asynchronous communication.
I would avoid  to use one more doodle poll every time we need to take a 
decision that should be fast ... especially now that we are growing.

In Apache there is a distinction among binding votes  and non binding 
votes. In this case people of the board have binding votes, but 
non-binding votes are important as well, they represent the community 
involved in the project activities. They are however taken into account, 
and opinion expressed by a of non-binding vote is always commented and 

With respect the shaping of AALOA, I think we will discuss all the 
issues related to statute, by-laws organization in working groups here 
with the promoters mailing list, and any final decision will be 
communicated to the supporters list for getting their comments.  The 
governing board for the moment has very few things to decide :-) so it 
is only an official way to represent AALOA to the external world and to 
allocate resources to people who want open a project within AALOA community.

Said that, I agree to have one person for organization and CNR in this 
case does not request an exception (thanks Saied)

So please volunteers wanted :-)


Il 07/09/2010 8.19, Joe Gorman ha scritto:
> I had been just about to write a message saying that I think we should have just one representative from any one organisation (otherwise it can look unfair, especially for anything needing a vote).  I had also been going to say that each official representative should have a recognised "deputy", to attend meetings etc. when the main representative is unavailable.  But I don't need to say that now, as Saied already suggested it!
> The only other thing I would add is that the governing board should be made up only of "volunteers".  So: the fact that an organisation is listed as a promoter  should not mean that we automatically insist on that organisation being represented on the board.  They would be allowed, but not required.  So we should ask for people who actively volunteer for this role e.g. by responding to a request from you, Francesco.
> For SINTEF, I volunteer to be the representative, with Marius as my alternate.
> .   Joe
> On 6/09/2010 14:15 , "Mohammad-Reza Tazari"<saied.tazari at igd.fraunhofer.de>  wrote:
> Oh, sorry Francesco, my mistake (to have forgotten the initial email,
> now attached)! This is why I simply referred to the web site...
> Looking at the member list in the attached email + Ricardo Serafin @ TSB
> + Juan Carlos Naranjo Martinez&  Laura Belenguer Querol @ ITACA + Marco
> Eichelberg @ OFFIS, there are 27 people from 13 orgs.
> I would suggest to have only one representative from each organization,
> MAYBE just with exception for CNR-ISTI, in order to have a size that
> reaches more easily a majority (assuming 2/3) when meeting and telcos
> are organized. This way, the upper-limit for the size of the board will
> be 14, depending on if all orgs do want to be present in the board. The
> following numbers should help to have an imagination of what it means
> for our meetings and telcos:
>     size        min. # of members necessary for meetings
>     ----        ----------------------------------------
>      10                          7
>      11-12                       8
>      13                          9
>      14                          10
> But, I suggest that each official board member from each org can
> nominate just a second person as possible proxy to increase the chance
> that all orgs are presented when meetings and telcos are organized.
> Regards,
> -- Saied
> Francesco Furfari wrote on 06-Sep-10 13:14:
>> Dear Said,
>> yes, but personally I would not limit the size of governing board, being
>> temporary, to 10 people.
>> The four organizations cited in the website are willing to spend some
>> resources for incubating AALOA, but we haven't to limit the
>> participation to them.
>> In general in this mailing list we have individuals that don't represent
>> formally organizations, I'm thinking to Francois Letellier or to Thomas
>> Karopka to name a few. But I think their point of views can enrich the
>> governing board to take the right decisions.
>> Furthermore, I think that people belonging to the governing board will
>> have binding vote, but I would get the opinion of all the AALOA
>> subscribers.
>> francesco
>> Il 06/09/2010 11.35, Mohammad-Reza Tazari ha scritto:
>>> Hi everybody,
>>> from Fh-IGD, Reiner&  me would like to join the temporary governing
>>> board.
>>> Just to make sure: taking the list under
>>> http://www.aaloa.org/team/role_of_promoters (CNR-ISTI, Fh-IGD, ITACA,
>>> and SINTEF) and the newest announcement that Marco Eichelberg from
>>> OFFIS has also joined this list (welcome on board, Marco!), with the
>>> suggestion by Francesco, there will be at most 10 people as members of
>>> the temporary governing board. Is that right?
>>> Regards,
>>> -- Saied
>>> Francesco Furfari wrote on 06-Sep-10 09:42:
>>>> Hello to everybody,
>>>> an important issue we discussed in Lisbon was about the appointment of a
>>>> temporary governing board.
>>>> I hope all of you are now returned and relaxed from their summer
>>>> vacation to proceed with the board nomination.
>>>> I would like to report in the slides presenting AALOA initiative at AAL
>>>> Forum the names of the people composing the temporary governing board.
>>>> I have not got a specific procedure in mind. Maybe we could consider to
>>>> include not more than 2 people from the same organization.
>>>> Then we should only propose our candidature.
>>>> WDYT? any other hint?
>>>> francesco
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