[OpenID board] Draft guidelines for local chapters

Snorri snorri at snorri.eu
Thu Feb 28 01:11:40 UTC 2008

Dear Mike,


Yes for University/students of course you are right! Or in countries with no
much Internet surfers

(and it’s a first step)


But attention to propose a model close the Wikimedia Foundation
 OpenID is
really different


I think is important to have a strong visibility on the local chapter to
avoid the drifts! 

And unfortunately too free management offers these possibilities


A good legal way would be to propose a “Trust Large local chapter” like OIDE

Tomorrow why not “OIDA” (OpenID Asia, I help the community to start),
“OpenID Africa & Middle East” and “OpenID Latina” to organize their network
and relieve an excessive work for OIDF.


Soon, I’m at your disposal






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de Mike Jones
Envoyé : mercredi 27 février 2008 19:11
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Cc : 'Nat Sakimura'
Objet : Re: [OpenID board] Draft guidelines for local chapters


Hi Snorri,


I agree that recognizing local chapters that are formal legal entities is a
good thing.  But I'm also going to be an advocate for recognizing very
light-weight, self-organized local chapters.  As a thought experiment, for
instance, I would want us to also be able to recognize chapters that are as
informal as local OpenID chapters organized as clubs in high schools.  If I
was in high school now, for instance, I might start the Worthington High
School OpenID Chapter.  (I was a founder of an informal group in our high
school called the "Computer Wizards" that ran for many years. J)  We want to
encourage light-weight grass-roots chapters like this, as well as those that
are formal legal entities.


Glad you'll be working on these guidelines with us!


                                                My two cents worth

                                                -- Mike



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Of Snorri
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 9:57 AM
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Subject: Re: [OpenID board] Draft guidelines for local chapters


Dear Mike, 


Very good guideline, in Europe the organization is very similar!

 We have already 4 local chapters (OpenID France incorporated since 2007 + 3
new the next month).


But as there are already a community (with Representative Member in 18
countries, soon in 21), we think is better and more serious to accept only
formal legal entities.


The Number of 3 member is good but depending of the countries (e.g.: in
France the minimum is 2 while in Poland it is 15)


I’m free to work actively on these guidelines (we have already started to
work on legal documents) 






De : board-bounces at openid.net [mailto:board-bounces at openid.net] De la part
de Mike Jones
Envoyé : mercredi 27 février 2008 16:48
À : board at openid.net
Cc : Nat Sakimura
Objet : [OpenID board] Draft guidelines for local chapters


As per our discussion on the last board call, here are some of my thoughts
about local chapters, based on my experience with USENIX local chapters.


  - Local chapter members must be members of the OIDF.

  - Local chapters can either be informal organizations or formal legal
entities, which is a decision we can leave to the organizers.

  - Local chapters must register with OIDF.

  - Local chapters must have a designated leadership team of at least three

  - Local chapters should have their own web site listing events and news.

  - Local chapter sites are the responsibility of the chapter organizers,
not the OIDF staff and volunteers.

  - We should allow any three OIDF members who declare themselves to be the
leadership team for a local chapter to create one.  We should *not* express
any favoritism between local chapters, even if multiple competing chapters
form in a given region or city.

  - To be recognized by the OIDF, chapters must agree that their activities
will be for the purpose of supporting the OIDF and OpenID, not competing
with the OIDF in any way.  They must agree, for instance, that any
intellectual property or trademarks developed or held by the local chapter
must either be owned by OIDF, jointly owned by the OIDF, or licensed to the
OIDF under terms that allow OIDF to use them in whatever way it sees fit,
including sublicensing to others under terms of its choosing.

  - Chapters must exhibit "liveness" to remain recognized by the OIDF.  At
least every 6 months, the leaders should report on their chapter activities.
Meetings are good.  Evidence of an active mailing list is sufficient.
Making no report of activities when requested to do so is grounds for
de-listing the chapter.

  - There should be a "Local Chapters" committee authorized by the board
that is the interface to the local chapters.  It's fine for this committee
to include some non-board members.  In fact, while I would have at least one
board liaison to the committee, it would be a good idea to have several
local chapter leaders on the committee as well.

  - In return for local chapters registering with the OIDF, we will list the
chapter on the OIDF website in a list sorted by geography, providing contact
information for the chapter.


We should add an addenda item to the board call to discuss these guidelines.


So who wants to be on the Local Chapters committee and what external members
should we recruit?


                                                Best wishes,

                                                -- Mike


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