24 October 2011 Meeting Notes
Andy H. (moderating), Christine E., Geir T., GeneJ, Robert B., Roger M., Tamura J.
Absent by notice: Myrt and Dovy P.
--We wish Myrt a speedy recovery.
Christine--Discounted Rootstech 2012 registration is available for a very short while
(October 27-29) through the genealogical societies that are members of FGS
Item 1: Adding "Developing the Organization" to navbar/wiki home page.
Discussed benefits and expectations related to giving prominence (nav bar/home page) to this proposal. Concern mentioned that working on "organizing" is not/may not be seen by all as accomplishing tasks. The page the nav bar and home page reference should also organize related content posted to other wiki pages. Do we have sufficient members to support an organized effort? Will work on the organizational effort actually appeal to potential members? (End user/potential members may just visit the site to add an issue or see if their issue has already been identified in the requirements catalog.) More than one member suggested formalizing the organization is just standard procedure ("humble need for formal organization").
Action item: GeneJ/Geir will add "Developing the Organization" to navbar/wiki home page.
[Item 2:] Roundtable discussion -- considerations for advancing "Developing the organization"
Various comments, some follow. A small group will work to advance these ideas into an initial proposal/integrated framework for work on "Developing the Organization." (Elements of solution should advance the purpose/goal.)
(a) On the page he created, Gordon Clarke provided a set of instructions, including items to be considered before formalizing a charter. He provided some links to additional reference materials. Recognized standards organizations make some additional other materials available--often evidence of some consistent themes such as why standards are important, how standards support innovation, how stakeholders are determined, what is consensus building, how technical projects develop, etc.
(b) Many questions asked--what is our "stakeholder pie?" How can we improve the discussion dialog? (Comment that Wikispaces back-up does not support page discussions). Should mailing lists be used? Google Groups? (W3C makes the following default tools
available to Community Groups--Blog, Mailing lists, Wiki, IRC and Issue tracking tool.) Should we have a membership committee or subproject? How do we keep the initial focus on diverse stakeholders and user needs? Where and when are matters related to "scope" determined? Should some ideas be developed by small groups into proposals worthy of circulation/posting--some form more suitable as a basis for consensus building. What is consensus--do we know it when we see it?
(c) Some concepts were discussed-- Might we build on ability to develop well thought out specification segments, which later or even by others are considered in a an overall standard. Continue to serve as a place where end users and independent technologists present issues and ideas. Isn't it likely our wiki already serves as an input model for others who are conducting development work.
(d) What have we learned from the surveys/votes the group has conducted?
(e) Andy, Geir, GeneJ, Robert and Roger indicated they would be interested in off-wiki work to develop a framework which advances the Wikipage, "Developing the organization."
[Item 3:'] Follow-Up--FamilySearch's "new gedcom"/Rootstech 2012.
Christine reported on her follow up from the meeting 9 Oct 2011
about Ryan Heaton's presentations scheduled for Rootstech. No further information is available about Ryan Heaton's planned "new gedcom" presentations (incl. "how to produce and consume it") and "what is it, what's it's scope, how is the project managed and maintained?"), but conference planner Barbara Renick indicates spontaneous discussions ("unconference/impromptu sessions") will be featured this year (as they were in 2011). Question was asked if the Mr. Heaton's presentation might be early enough in the conference that such spontaneous session could produce some meaningful collaboration/discussion. (How do we follow up with Rootstech organizers on the topic of "early enough.")
[Item 4:] Broader solution for sources and citations.
Geir working off wiki on a proposal/framework for international sources and citations.
(1) Add planning for Wiki renewal to the next meeting agenda.
Posted by: GeneJ. (I took 3-1/2 pages of notes. Hope things are summarized well enough above. If not, please click the "EDIT" tab at the top of this wiki page and make corrections.)