Resolution 1999-09-21.iwj.2: Charter for Project Committee

Nils Lohner lohner at
Tue Sep 21 19:49:44 UTC 1999

The resolution below has been accepted and unanimously approved at the 
general meeting of Software in the Public Interest, Inc. on September 21, 

Resolution 1999-09-21.iwj.2
Charter for Project Committee

  A charter is hereby granted for the formation and operation of a committee 
within the guidelines and objectives stated herein.  The committee shall 
operate in the best interest of SPI and is responsible to the board of 
directors and membership of the organization.

Purpose of the Committee

A Sponsored Project is a project which receives assistance or services
from SPI. This committee shall be in charge of evaluating offers of or
requests for assistance from projects.

Basic services may be granted to projects directly by the committee, but 
more complex services shall be decided upon by the board of directors upon 
the recommendation of the project committee.

The committee is granted the power to give assistance to projects requiring 
basic services.  It may make recommendations of support to the board of 
directors in cases where a vote is necessary, as is the case for decisions 
concerning assisting projects requiring more complex services.

 Basic services consist of commonly used resources for projects.  
Complex services consist of resources and assets that must be more tightly 

Basic Services:
- FTP server
- Web server
- Mailing lists
- CVS servers (both developement and anonymous servers)
- other services requiring only computer administration

Complex Services:
- Monetary management (projects that would like their donations and expenses 
  to be handled by SPI)
- Monetary assistance (projects that are looking for donations from SPI's 
- Intellectual Property Management
- Legal Resources
- any other services which require action by SPI other than computer 

Operating Guidelines

  The committee shall operate openly in the view of the public whenever 
possible, but may, at the discretion of the commitee members, operate 
privately from time to time if this is deemed necessary.

Subject to the approval of the board, the committee may make
reasonable procedures for transacting its business (including
delegating it to other members of the organization).  The committee
should set up appropriate and reasonable guidelines for its operation
and decisions as soon as possible.

Membership and Organization

  This committee will be run by a chairman who is appointed by the board.  
The chairman and the board have the power to add members to the committee.  
Committe members may only be removed by a vote of the board of directors, 
but may resign from the committee at any time.

Nils Lohner                         Software in the Public Interest, Inc.
E-Mail: lohner at          PO Box 1326 
Secretary <secretary at>   Boston, Ma. 02117 USA

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