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From Shane Curcuru <>
Subject Re: What is a PMC Chair?
Date Thu, 31 May 2012 14:40:17 GMT
On 2012-05-31 10:31 AM, Yong Lin Ma wrote:
> How often a new chair will be selected? Yearly or depends on ...

Up to the project.

Many TLPs have bylaws that state they'll have an annual election, 
although in many cases this is ignored (or forgotten, more likely), and 
PMC chairs sit for... however long the project wants them.  In many 
cases, the existing chair either gets overloaded (typically with 
real-life changes outside the project) or simply wants to give someone 
else a chance, and they call for nominations themselves.

It's really up to the PMC to decide this, and then submit resolutions to 
the board (which are required to change chairs).  Presuming the PMC is 
acting in a healthy manner, the board simply passes the resolution at 
the next meeting.

For a project like AOO, I personally think it would be valuable to have 
an expectation of an annual nomination/vote process for the chair.

- Shane
> On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 9:56 PM, Ross Gardler
> <>  wrote:
>> Since discussion has turned to graduation I'd like to invite people to
>> consider who they would like to have as PMC chair. The first part of
>> this is understanding what the role of a PMC chair is.
>> First and foremost the position of chair does not bring any additional
>> authority over the project, at least not in normal circumstances. It
>> is true that in the event of a deadlock the chair has a casting vote,
>> however I have never seen this happen. In reality the chair is just
>> the same as any other PMC member except that they are expected to do a
>> certain amount of "paperwork" for the PMC and, more importantly, they
>> are a community facilitator. You can find a full description of the
>> responsibilities at [1]. In summary they are:
>>   - Subscribe to and monitor board@ (and board meeting minutes) and
>> infrastructure@ at lists, ensuring the community takes any necessary
>> actions
>>   - Submit quarterly reports
>>   - Maintain PMC membership records
>>   - Ensure everyones voice is heard
>> Before calling for nominations (and people can self-nominate if they
>> so desire) I would like to take a few days to allow people to ask any
>> questions about the role and the type of individual that is best
>> suited to be a chair.
>> Ross
>> [1]
>> --
>> Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
>> Programme Leader (Open Development)
>> OpenDirective

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