[OpenID board] Approved OIDF local chapters policy

Mike Jones Michael.Jones at microsoft.com
Thu Feb 28 21:45:44 UTC 2008

The following local chapters policy was approved by the OIDF board today:

  - Local chapter members must be members of the OIDF.

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

  - Local chapters must register with OIDF.

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

  - 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.

  - Any three OIDF members who declare themselves to be the leadership team for a local chapter may create one.  OIDF will 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 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.

  - There will be a "Local Chapters" committee authorized by the board that is the interface to the local chapters.  This committee may include some non-board members.  While there will be at least one board member on the committee, it would be a good idea to have several local chapter leaders on the committee as well.

  - Chapters must exhibit "liveness" to remain recognized by the OIDF.  At least every 6 months, the leaders should report to the local chapters committee 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.

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

  - Local chapters must operate with no expectation of receiving funds from the OIDF.  However, they may apply to the OIDF board for funding of specific activities or events and these requests will be considered on their merits.

                                                -- Mike

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