[OpenID board] December 2, 2009 OpenID Board Call Minutes

Mike Jones Michael.Jones at microsoft.com
Sat Dec 26 15:07:08 UTC 2009

December 2, 2009 OpenID Board Call Minutes

Don Thibeau, Executive Director
Mike Jones
David Recordon
Andrew Nash
Luke Shepard
Brian Kissel
Mike Ozburn
Chris Messina
Eric Sachs
Nat Sakimura
Joseph Smarr
Allen Tom
Gary Krall

Raj Mata
Nataraj (Raj) Nagaratnam
Scott Kveton

John Ehrig, Global Inventures

1.       Mailing list moderation
A policy for mailing list participation has been posted on the wiki at http://wiki.openid.net/Mailing-List-Policies, based upon the policy used on the Microformats list, in response to perceived abuse of the OpenID lists by one individual.

[Joseph Smarr and Allen Tom joined the call at this point.]

2.       2010 OIDF Priorities Poll
The board discussed the results of a poll on OIDF priorities for next year.  The results will be posted to the public board list.  One observation made was that none of the specification work made the top tier, which may simply reflect the reality that specification work is the job of working groups - not the board.  Don will be using the data as an input to his planning process for next year.

3.       OP Capabilities List
Brian reported on an OP Capabilities list that's been put up at http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AmFzud-Q26LYdE52NVpXUUQ1d3pLNGx1REZuMGFubXc&hl=en.  Several agreed that, while useful as-is, it would be more useful if this information were discoverable online using standard protocols.

[Gary Krall joined the call at this point.]

4.       Update on IPR Vote and Election Nominations
The IPR vote currently has 62 votes, with 48 in favor and 4 abstaining.  We need 101 votes to reach quorum for the vote to pass.  The board approved extending the vote deadline from this Friday to the following one.  Brian will send a note to the membership about the importance of voting.

Currently there are four nominees for the six open community board seats.  Nominations will close on December 7th.  Several current board members still need to self-nominate if they want to stand for re-election.

Don reports that several additional companies have approached us about potential sustaining memberships.

5.       Budget Update
Don reported that the financial status of the OpenID Foundation is sound. A budget update that he circulated to the board contained these points:

*         Legal expenses related to nonprofit status renewal, bylaws, IPR and certification have been more costly than anticipated.

*         Renewals of sustaining and corporate memberships are on plan with one exception.  We expect that payment shortly.

*         Two new qualified prospective sustaining members may join. We expect to confirm same before year end.

*         We plan a comprehensive financial discussion in the new year to orient new board members and as part of our budget planning and strategy review,

6.       Joint Steering Committee Update
The joint steering committee will meet again tomorrow and is making substantial progress in evaluating our certification options.  A RFP document has been circulated to potential certification partners.  A first draft of a whitepaper on trust frameworks jointly authored by Don Thibeau, Drummond Reed, Mary Rundle, and Eve Maler has been finished.  The trust frameworks work is receiving substantial attention from other organizations and application areas.

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