[GRASS-PSC] PSC management

Michael Barton michael.barton at asu.edu
Wed May 30 13:59:04 PDT 2012

This all sounds reasonable to me. Here is some editing of the clause you proposed. I gave a two week grace period, but you can eliminate it or extend it as seems best.

"PSC members are requested to confirm annually (via email to the PSC mailing list) their interest in continuing active involvement in the PSC. This confirmation of continuation of PSC membership should be sent to the Chair of the PSC by 1 June of each year. If a PSC member does not confirm his/her desire to continue on the PSC within two weeks of 1 June, that member will be replaced."


On May 30, 2012, at 11:54 AM, Markus Neteler wrote:

> Hi Paul, all,
> On Mon, May 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM, Paul Kelly
> <paul-grass at stjohnspoint.co.uk> wrote:
>> Hi Markus,
>> Great that we're talking about this - definitely something needs to be done.
> Thanks for your immediate reply.
>> RFC 1 says in regard to the composition of the PSC:
>> "Addition and removal of members from the committee, as well as selection of
>> Chair is handled as a proposal to the committee as described above."
> Yes, amusingly this "described above" points to nowhere. So one new
> phrase is needed closing the gap.
>> I unfortunately haven't had the time to contribute to GRASS for a few years
>> now, primarily because my work has taken me away from the field of GIS - so
>> I would be happy to propose myself to be removed from the PSC at any time.
> It does not mean to be kicked of this open list!
> General comment:
> I just want to be the PSC a bit more active, i.e. proposing new ideas,
> implementing more at outreach and so forth. May I felt a bit too much
> talking to myself here in the past :)
>> It's very easy to let these things drift, so I think a specific date every
>> year at which PSC members can confirm their intention to continue is a great
>> idea.
> Agreed. Like this we get a rhythm.
>> I'm not sure this really needs any changes to RFC 1 either - if desired, it
>> could simply be an informal rule.
> I believe that an addition is needed, especially to fix the currently broken
> reference to "above" in the text.
>> If any PSC members aren't willing to
>> continue, then their removal from the PSC can be put forward as a proposal
>> by the chair.
> I dunno, this sounds much like "the chair kicks the sleepy members out".
> See below for a proposal.
>> I do think it's important to have a specific date every year
>> that everyone knows about though, as five working days is quite short and
>> someone might be away on holiday for example.
> Sure - I put it this time to get something rolling :)
>> To make it convenient for the changes you're proposing right now, I would
>> suggest 1 June could be the annual "renewal date".
> I would propose to add something like this phrase to RFC1:
> "The PSC members are requested to annually confirm (via email to the
> PSC mailing list) the continuation of their active involvement in the PSC.
> This confirmation is expected by 1 June of each year. In case of lack
> of this confirmation the member will be replaced."
> [please put into real English, thanks]
>> Apart from that, great work.
> Great work of a great community!
> Best
> Markus
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