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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: What is a PMC Chair?
Date Sat, 02 Jun 2012 20:52:38 GMT
On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM, 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.

Since someone contacted me off-list regarding this I think it would be
useful for me to make it clear up front that I have no interest in,
and would not accept a nomination for PMC Chair.

As many of you know, I am Chair of the OASIS Open Document Format
Technical Committee, the standards committee that controls the ODF
standard.  As part of that role I need to neutrally chair a committee
with participants from a wide range of implementors, open source and
commercial, including Microsoft, LibreOffice, Calligra, Gnumeric,
Symphony and OpenOffice.  It would be problematic if I there was a
perception that I had that degree of formal influence over both the
standard and its most prominent implementation.

Hopefully this clears the air a little.  I believe we have several
members of our community who would be excellent PMC Chairs, should
they chose to serve us in that role.  The main difficulty will be for
us to pick only one from this abundance.



> 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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