[OpenID board] Local chapters policy for consideration at the board meeting

Snorri snorri at snorri.eu
Thu May 8 17:44:54 UTC 2008


Congratulation Mike for your great final work,


I'd like to clarify to the Board that when this policy will be online on

I can ask in the coming weeks the European local chapters already created or
in creation (as France, Sweden, Switzerland ...) to register (#2)







De : Mike Jones [mailto:Michael.Jones at microsoft.com] 
Envoyé : jeudi 8 mai 2008 19:17
À : board at openid.net
Cc : Nat Sakimura; Snorri
Objet : Local chapters policy for consideration at the board meeting


Hi all,


The local chapters policy draft below is the result of substantial work by
the local chapters committee, especially Nat and Snorri.  It is acceptable
to the existing local chapters, allowing them to agree to abide by the
policy, which will then enable us to recognize them as official local
chapters of the OIDF.  It is flexible and inclusive while still enabling the
OpenID Foundation to perform its mission of promoting and protecting OpenID
for the community.


Therefore, the committee recommends approval of this draft during the board
call today. 


                                                                Thank you,

                                                                -- Mike


OIDF Local Chapters Policy


1 - Independent Organizations

Local Chapters (“Chapters”) are independent of the OpenID Foundation
("OIDF") itself and thus can either be informal organizations or formal
legal entities, which is a decision left to the Chapter organizers.


2 - Registration

Organizations must apply to the OIDF for recognition as a Local Chapter by
sending an email to  <mailto:board at openid.net> board at openid.net. In this
email, Chapters must signify their agreement to the terms of this policy and
supply: a) contact information for the organizers, b) the URL that the OIDF
should use when listing the chapter, c) a description of the region or
community that the organization serves, and d) the name of the chapter.


3 - Members 

Chapters will clearly inform their members and prospective members that
membership in the Local Chapter does not grant them membership in the OIDF
and will encourage their members to also join OIDF.


4 - Leadership Team

Chapters must be headed by a designated leadership team, composed of at
least three people. 


5 - Internet Site

Chapters should have their own web site, listing events and news. This
Chapter-sponsored web site is the responsibility of the chapter organizers,
not of the OIDF staff or volunteers.


6 - Intellectual Property

Chapters must agree that any intellectual property or trademarks developed
or held by the Chapter must be freely available for use to the OpenID
Community; in particular, 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.  The one exception to this policy is
that a Chapter may have a Chapter logo or mark that is only available to
members of that Chapter, provided that that logo or mark does not infringe
the OpenID trademark.


7 - Purpose

Chapters must agree that all Chapter activities are focused on fostering the
widespread adoption and use of OpenID and in support of the OIDF's mission


8 - Financing

Chapters must operate independently, with no expectation of receiving funds
from 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.


9 - Activities Report 

Chapters must exhibit “liveness”. At least every year the Chapter's leaders
must report to the Local Chapters Committee on their chapter activities.
Meetings are good.  Evidence of an active mailing list is sufficient.

10 - Listing of Chapters

OIDF will list the Chapters on openid.net in a geographically organized
list, providing contact information and links to the Chapter sites.


11 - Nondiscriminatory Acceptance

All proposed Chapters agreeing to abide by the Local Chapters Policy will be
accepted as Local Chapters by the OIDF.


12 - Territories

OIDF will recognize any proposed eligible Local Chapters, regardless of the
geographic scope of the chapter, including chapters with overlapping
territories and missions.


13 - Non-Exclusive Relationships

Chapters are free to maintain relationships and partnerships with other
organizations and to maintain their own memberships, provided that the
purpose and conduct of those relationships is consistent with this Local
Chapters Policy.


14 - Local Chapters Committee

OIDF may authorize a Local Chapters Committee. This committee must be
composed of at least one Chapter leader and at least one OIDF board member.


15 - Chapter Removal

If a Chapter has violated the Chapters Policy (e.g.: if a Chapter does not
report its activities or pursues activities in conflict with its mission to
promote OpenID) and the violation has not been corrected and completely
resolved within 3 months after written notice by OIDF, OIDF can remove that
Chapter from its listings. The OIDF Board may delegate the authority to
de-list a chapter with cause to the Local Chapters Committees.  A Chapter
may appeal the committee's decision to the board.  A Chapter may also
request to be de-listed.


16 - Changes to the Local Chapters Policy

If the OIDF alters the Local Chapters Policy it will notify Local Chapter
leaders of the change. Following notification, the Local Chapter leaders
will have 90 days to reply to the Local Chapters Committee either accepting
the revised policy or stating why they are unwilling to operate under the
revised policy. Should they not accept the revised policy, the OIDF will
record the policy version under which the Chapter was admitted and allow
that chapter to continue operating under that policy, except in cases where
the board determines that substantial legal risk or financial harm would be
incurred by the OIDF or that damage to OpenID would result.  Failure to
formally opt out of the revised policy within 90 days of the change will be
deemed acceptance of the new policy.

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