Governance Meeting Notes: October 20, 2011
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The Governance workstream is working towards establishing the principles under which which the DPLA should be governed. At the plenary session, the group identified several different models to research and emulate. The most relevant of these fit into the categories of web-oriented (flexible adhocracy) models such as Wikipedia or ICANN, library-oriented models like the ALA or Europeana, and public-private hybrids like the BBC or NPR.
The group agreed that the DPLA should remain independent while collaborating heavily with the most influential, pertinent organizations. The idea of inviting participation from a variety of different ‘nodes’ was especially appealing. Within the final governance model, the team agreed, there should be multiple channels for participation that enable partners, collaborators, participants, and citizens to work with the DPLA. Diversity of this sort would promote the organization’s strength and resilience, enable distributed ownership and contribution, promote collaboration, and account for different resource needs and budgets.
In establishing a “node” model for participation in the DPLA where different categories of participants can have an independent but related existence to the DPLA, the workstream hopes to identify possible nodes and draft criteria for their participation—for instance, groups would agree to standardized digitization methods if they were to digitize for the DPLA.
The workstream established as its foundational principles openness and inclusion, and a commitment to accomplishing hard tasks. To begin with, the group will set a model for open meetings based off of research into open meeting laws and the success of various open meeting formats, and norms for participation. The workstream has also identified alternative models, analogous digital library models, and a working definition for a hybrid organization’s ‘critical success’ as areas for additional research and development.
Develop a system of decision making and management for the DPLA.
Workstream Members Present
John Palfrey (co-chair)
David Ferriero (co-chair)
Carl Malamud (joined the afternoon)
Doron Weber buy term paper