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<title>5 Activities</title>
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<h1>Editor's draft proposed new W3C Process Document</h1>
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<h2>5 <a name="Activities" id="Activities">Activities</a></h2>
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<div class="toc">
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<ul class="toc">
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<li class="tocline3"><a href="#ActivityDevelopment" class="tocxref">5.1
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Activity Proposal Development</a></li>
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<li class="tocline3"><a href="#ActivityCreation" class="tocxref">5.2 Advisory
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Committee Review of an Activity Proposal</a></li>
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<li class="tocline3"><a href="#ActivityModification" class="tocxref">5.3
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Modification of an Activity</a></li>
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<li class="tocline3"><a href="#ActivityExtension" class="tocxref">5.4 Extension
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of an Activity</a></li>
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<li class="tocline3"><a href="#ActivityTermination" class="tocxref">5.5
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Activity Closure</a></li>
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<li class="tocline3"><a href="#BPCreation" class="tocxref">5.6 Activity
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Proposals</a></li>
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<p>This section describes the mechanisms for establishing consensus within the
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areas of Web development the Consortium chooses to pursue. An <a name=
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"def-Activity" id="def-Activity">Activity</a> organizes the work necessary for
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the development or evolution of a Web technology.</p>
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<p>W3C starts an Activity based on interest from the Members and Team. W3C
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Members build interest around new work through discussions among Advisory
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Committee representatives, Chairs, and Team, and through the <a href=
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"submission.html#Submission">Submission process</a>. The Team tracks Web
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developments inside and outside W3C, manages <a href=
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"liaisons.html#Liaisons">liaisons</a>, and organizes <a href=
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"events.html#EventsW">Workshops</a>.</p>
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<p>Based on input from the Team and Members about the structure and scope of an
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Activity, the Team sends an <a href="#ActivityProposal">Activity Proposal</a>
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to the Advisory Committee. This is a proposal to dedicate Team and Member
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resources to a particular area of Web technology or policy, and when there is
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consensus about the motivation, scope, and structure of the proposed work, W3C
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starts a new Activity.</p>
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<p>Each Activity has its own structure that generally includes Working Groups,
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Interest Groups, and Coordination Groups. Within the framework of an Activity,
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these groups produce technical reports, review the work of other groups, and
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develop sample code or test suites.</p>
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<p>The progress of each Activity is documented in an <a name=
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"ActivityStatement" id="ActivityStatement">Activity Statement</a>. Activity
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Statements describe the goals of the Activity, completed and unfinished
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deliverables, changing perspectives based on experience, and future plans. At
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least before each <a href="organization.html#ACMeetings">Advisory Committee
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meeting</a>, the Team <span class="rfc2119">SHOULD</span> revise the Activity
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Statement for each Activity that has not been closed.</p>
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<p>Refer to the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/activities">list of W3C
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Activities</a> [<a href="refs.html#ref-activity-list">PUB9</a>].
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<strong>Note:</strong> This list <span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> include some
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Activities that began prior to the formalization in 1997 of the Activity
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creation process.</p>
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<h3>5.1 <a name="ActivityDevelopment" id="ActivityDevelopment">Activity
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Proposal Development</a></h3>
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<p>The Team <span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> notify the Advisory Committee
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when a proposal for a new or modified Activity is in development. This is
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intended to raise awareness, even if no formal proposal is yet available.
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Advisory Committee representatives <span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> express
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their general support on the <a href=
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"organization.html#ACCommunication">Advisory Committee discussion list</a>. The
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Team <span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> incorporate discussion points into an
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Activity Proposal. Refer to additional <a href=
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"http://www.w3.org/2002/05/rec-tips">tips on getting to Recommendation
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faster</a> [<a href="refs.html#ref-rec-tips">PUB27</a>].</p>
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<h3>5.2 <a name="ActivityCreation" id="ActivityCreation">Advisory Committee
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Review</a> of an Activity Proposal</h3>
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<p>The Director <span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> solicit <a href=
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"acreview.html#ReviewAppeal">Advisory Committee review</a> of every proposal to
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create, substantively modify, or extend an Activity.</p>
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<p>After a Call for Review from the Director, the Advisory Committee <a href=
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"acreview.html#ACReview">reviews</a> and comments on the proposal. The review
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period <span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> be at least <span class=
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"time-interval">four weeks</span>.</p>
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<p>The Director announces to the Advisory Committee whether there is consensus
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within W3C to create or modify the Activity (possibly with changes suggested
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during the review). For a new Activity, this announcement officially creates
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the Activity. This announcement <span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> include a
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<a href="groups.html#cfp">Call for Participation</a> in any groups created as
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part of the Activity.</p>
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<p>If there was <a href="policies.html#def-Dissent">dissent</a>, Advisory
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Committee representatives <span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> <a href=
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"acreview.html#ACAppeal">appeal</a> a decision to create, modify, or extend the
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Activity. <strong>Note:</strong> There is no appeal of a decision <em>not</em>
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to create an Activity; in general, drafting a new Activity Proposal will be
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simpler than following the appeal process.</p>
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<h3>5.3 <a name="ActivityModification" id="ActivityModification">Modification
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of an Activity</a></h3>
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<p>Activities are intended to be flexible. W3C expects participants to be able
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to adapt in the face of new ideas (e.g., Member Submission requests) and
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increased understanding of goals and context, while remaining true to the
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intent of the original Activity Proposal. If it becomes necessary to make
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substantive changes to an Activity (e.g., because significant additional
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resources are necessary or because the Activity's scope has clearly changed
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from the original proposal), then the Director <span class=
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"rfc2119">MUST</span> solicit <a href="#ActivityCreation">Advisory Committee
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review</a> of a complete <a href="#BPCreation">Activity Proposal</a>, including
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rationale for the changes.</p>
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<h3>5.4 <a name="ActivityExtension" id="ActivityExtension">Extension of an
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Activity</a></h3>
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<p>When the Director solicits <a href="#ActivityCreation">Advisory Committee
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review</a> of a proposal to extend the duration of an Activity with no other
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substantive modifications to the composition of the Activity, the proposal
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<span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> indicate the new duration and include
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rationale for the extension. The Director is <span class="rfc2119">NOT
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REQUIRED</span> to submit a complete <a href="#BPCreation">Activity
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Proposal</a>.</p>
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<h3>5.5 <a name="ActivityTermination" id="ActivityTermination">Activity
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Closure</a></h3>
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<p>An Activity Proposal specifies a duration for the Activity. The Director,
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subject to <a href="acreview.html#ACAppeal">appeal</a> by Advisory Committee
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representatives, <span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> close an Activity prior to
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the date specified in the proposal in any of the following circumstances:</p>
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<li>Groups in the Activity fail to produce chartered deliverables.</li>
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<li>Groups in the Activity produce chartered deliverables ahead of
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schedule.</li>
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<li>There are insufficient resources to maintain the Activity, according to
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priorities established within W3C.</li>
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<p>The Director closes an Activity by announcement to the Advisory
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Committee.</p>
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<h3>5.6 <a name="BPCreation" id="BPCreation"></a><a name="ActivityProposal" id=
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"ActivityProposal">Activity Proposals</a></h3>
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<p>An Activity Proposal defines the initial scope and structure of an Activity.
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The proposal <span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> include or reference the
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following information:</p>
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<ul>
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<li>An Activity summary. What is the nature of the Activity (e.g., to track
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developments, create technical reports, develop code, organize pilot
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experiments, or for education)? Who or what group wants this (providers or
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research, or society)? within the scope of the proposal? Who or what currently
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interact and overlap with existing international standards and Recommendations?
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organizations</a>)? What should be changed if the Activity is approved?</li>
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this Activity and how those groups will be coordinated. For each group, the
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proposal <span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> include a provisional charter.
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membership and the desirability of working on one subject at a time). These
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charters <span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> be amended based on review comments
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"policies.html#ftf-meeting">face-to-face meeting</a> of each proposed group.
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financial) expected to be dedicated to the Activity. The proposal <span class=
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"rfc2119">MAY</span> specify the threshold level of effort that Members are
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Activity? In particular, is there any reason to believe that it will be
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