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<title>2 Members, Advisory Committee, Team, Advisory Board, Technical
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<h1>W3C Process Document</h1>
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<h2>2 <a name="Organization" id="Organization">Members, Advisory Committee,
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Team, Advisory Board, Technical Architecture Group</a></h2>
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<li class="tocline3"><a href="#Members" class="tocxref">2.1 Members</a>
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<li class="tocline4"><a href="#MemberBenefits" class="tocxref">2.1.1 Rights of
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<li class="tocline4"><a href="#MemberRelated" class="tocxref">2.1.2 Related
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<li class="tocline4"><a href="#AC" class="tocxref">2.1.3 Advisory Committee
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<li class="tocline3"><a href="#Team" class="tocxref">2.2 The W3C Team</a>
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<li class="tocline4"><a href="#TeamSubmission" class="tocxref">2.2.1 Team
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<li class="tocline3"><a href="#AB" class="tocxref">2.3 Advisory Board (AB)</a>
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<li class="tocline4"><a href="#ABParticipation" class="tocxref">2.3.1 Advisory
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Board Participation</a></li>
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<li class="tocline3"><a href="#TAG" class="tocxref">2.4 Technical Architecture
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<li class="tocline4"><a href="#tag-participation" class="tocxref">2.4.1
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Technical Architecture Group Participation</a></li>
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Advisory Board and Technical Architecture Group Participation</a>
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<li class="tocline4"><a href="#AB-TAG-constraints" class="tocxref">2.5.1
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Advisory Board and Technical Architecture Group Participation
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Constraints</a></li>
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Board and Technical Architecture Group Elections</a></li>
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<li class="tocline4"><a href="#AB-TAG-vacated" class="tocxref">2.5.3 Advisory
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Board and Technical Architecture Group Vacated Seats</a></li>
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<p>W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C <a href=
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"#Members">Member</a> organizations provide resources to this end, and the W3C
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<a href="#Team">Team</a> provides the technical leadership and organization to
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coordinate the effort.</p>
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<h3>2.1 <a name="Members" id="Members">Members</a></h3>
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<p>W3C Members are primarily represented in W3C processes as follows:</p>
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<li>The <a href="#AC">Advisory Committee</a> is composed of one representative
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from each Member organization (refer to the <a href=
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"comm.html#Member-only">Member-only</a> list of <a href=
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"http://www.w3.org/Member/ACList">current Advisory Committee
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representatives</a> [<a href="refs.html#ref-current-ac">MEM1</a>]). The
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Advisory Committee:
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<li>reviews plans for W3C at each <a href="#ACMeetings">Advisory Committee
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meeting</a>;</li>
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<li>reviews formal proposals from the W3C Director: <a href=
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"activities.html#ActivityProposal">Activity Proposals</a>, <a href=
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"tr.html#RecsPR">Proposed Recommendations</a>, and <a href=
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"processdoc.html#GAProcess">Proposed Process Documents</a>.</li>
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<li>elects the <a href="#AB">Advisory Board</a> participants other than the
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Advisory Board Chair.</li>
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<li>elects 5 of the 9 participants on the <a href="#TAG">Technical Architecture
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Advisory Committee representatives have <a href=
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"acreview.html#ACAppeal">appeal</a> powers for some processes described in this
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document.</li>
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<li>Representatives of Member organizations participate in <a href=
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"groups.html#GAGeneral">Working Groups, Interest Groups, and Coordination
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Groups</a> and author and review <a href="#Recs">technical reports</a>.</li>
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<p><a name="MemberSubscription" id="MemberSubscription">W3C membership</a> is
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open to all entities, as described in "<a href=
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"http://www.w3.org/Consortium/join">How to Join W3C</a>" [<a href=
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"refs.html#ref-join-w3c">PUB5</a>]; (refer to the public list of <a href=
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"http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Member/List">current W3C Members</a> [<a href=
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"refs.html#ref-current-mem">PUB8</a>]). Organizations subscribe according to
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the <a href=
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"http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Agreement/Member-Agreement">Membership
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Agreement</a> [<a href="refs.html#ref-member-agreement">PUB6</a>]. The <a href=
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"#Team">Team</a> <span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> ensure that Member
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participation agreements remain <a href="comm.html#Team-only">Team-only</a> and
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that no Member receives preferential treatment within W3C.</p>
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<p><a name="IndividualParticipation" id="IndividualParticipation">W3C does not
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have a class of membership tailored to, or priced for individuals</a>. However,
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an individual <span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> join W3C as an Affiliate Member.
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In this case the same restrictions pertaining to <a href=
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"#MemberRelated">related Members</a> apply when the individual also <a href=
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"policies.html#member-rep">represents</a> another W3C Member.</p>
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<h4>2.1.1 <a name="MemberBenefits" id="MemberBenefits">Rights of
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<p>Each Member organization enjoys the following rights and benefits:</p>
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<li>A seat on the <a href="#AC">Advisory Committee</a>;</li>
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<li>Access to <a href="comm.html#Member-only">Member-only</a> information;</li>
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<li>The <a href="submission.html#Submission">Member Submission</a>
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process;</li>
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<li>Use of the W3C Member logo on promotional material and to publicize the
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Member's participation in W3C. For more information, please refer to the Member
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logo usage policy described in the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Member/Intro">New
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Member Orientation</a> [<a href="refs.html#ref-new-member">MEM4</a>].</li>
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<p>Furthermore, representatives of Member organizations participate in W3C as
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follows:</p>
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<li>In <a href="groups.html#GAGeneral">Working Groups, Interest Groups, and
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Coordination Groups</a>.</li>
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<li>In <a href="events.html#GAEvents">Workshops and Symposia</a>;</li>
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<li>On the Team, as <a href="#fellows">W3C Fellows</a>.</li>
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<p>In the case (described in paragraph 5g of the <a href=
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"http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Agreement/Member-Agreement">Membership
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Agreement</a>), where a Member organization is itself a consortium, user
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society, or otherwise has members or sponsors, the organization's paid staff
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and Advisory Committee representative exercise all the rights and privileges of
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W3C membership. In addition, the Advisory Committee representative <span class=
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"rfc2119">MAY</span> designate up to four (or more at the Team's discretion)
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individuals who, though not employed by the organization, <span class=
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"rfc2119">MAY</span> exercise the rights of <a href=
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"policies.html#member-rep">Member representatives</a>. These individuals
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<span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> disclose their employment affiliation when
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involvement in some of the processes in this document is affected by related
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its Advisory Committee representative as part of the Membership Agreement. The
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Advisory Committee representative, and more. Advisory Committee representatives
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the Team to the Advisory Committee. This list is read-only for Advisory
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<p>The Team organizes a <a href="policies.html#ftf-meeting">face-to-face
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Officer</a>). At each Advisory Committee meeting, the Team <span class=
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<li>A list of all Activities and brief status statement about each, in
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<p>Each Member organization <span class="rfc2119">SHOULD</span> send one
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<p>The Team <span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> announce the date and location of
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meeting; <span class="time-interval">one year's</span> notice is preferred. The
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<p>The Team consists of the W3C paid staff, unpaid interns, and W3C Fellows.
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leadership about Web technologies, organizes and manages W3C Activities to
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technologies.</p>
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in this document.</p>
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organizations, governments, and the public.</p>
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contracts, W3C is represented by three <a name="hosts" id="hosts">"Host"
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resolution. The Advisory Board also serves the Members by tracking issues
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issues, and proposing actions to resolve these issues. The Advisory Board
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decision-making authority within W3C; its role is strictly advisory.</p>
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the Advisory Board to use for its communication, confidential to the Advisory
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Board and Team.</p>
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each of its meetings to the Advisory Committee and other group Chairs. The
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activities at each <a href="#ACMeetings">Advisory Committee meeting</a>.</p>
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participants, mailing list information, and summaries of Advisory Board
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meetings) are available at the <a href="http://www.w3.org/2002/ab/">Advisory
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generally the <a href="#def-W3CChair">W3C Chair</a>.</p>
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and election process</a>.</p>
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participants are for <span class="time-interval">two years</span>. Terms are
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staggered so that each year, either four or five terms expire. If an individual
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is elected to fill an incomplete term, that individual's term ends at the
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normal expiration date of that term. Regular Advisory Board terms begin on 1
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<p>Created in February 2001, the mission of the TAG is stewardship of the Web
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architecture. There are three aspects to this mission:</p>
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<li>to help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and
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<p>The TAG hears appeals of <a href="submission.html#SubmissionNo">Member
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architecture; see also the <a href="#AB">Advisory Board</a>.</p>
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<p>The TAG's scope is limited to technical issues about Web architecture. The
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W3C Advisory Committee, Advisory Board, and Team. Please refer to the <a href=
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background and scope of the TAG, and the expected qualifications of TAG
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participants.</p>
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<p>The Team <span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> make available two mailing lists
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for the TAG:</p>
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<li>a public discussion (not just input) list for issues of Web architecture.
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The TAG will conduct its public business on this list.</li>
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<li>a <a href="comm.html#Member-only">Member-only</a> list for discussions
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within the TAG and for requests to the TAG that, for whatever reason, cannot be
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<p>The TAG <span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> also request the creation of
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additional topic-specific, public mailing lists. For some TAG discussions
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and other group Chairs. The TAG <span class="rfc2119">SHOULD</span> also report
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<p>The TAG consists of eight elected or appointed participants and a Chair. The
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Team appoints the Chair of the TAG, who is generally the <a href=
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"#def-Director">Director</a>.</p>
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<p>Three TAG participants are appointed by the Director. Appointees are
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<span class="rfc2119">NOT REQUIRED</span> to be on the W3C Team. The Director
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the TAG.</p>
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<p>The remaining five TAG participants are elected by the W3C Advisory
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Committee following the <a href="#AB-TAG-elections">AB/TAG nomination and
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election process</a>.</p>
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<p>With the exception of the Chair, the terms of all TAG participants are for
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<span class="time-interval">two years</span>. Terms are staggered so that each
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year, either two or three elected terms, and either one or two appointed terms
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expire. If an individual is appointed or elected to fill an incomplete term,
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<p>Advisory Board and TAG participants have a special role within W3C: they are
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that they will use their best judgment to find the best solutions for the Web,
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not just for any particular network, technology, vendor, or user. Advisory
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Board and TAG participants are expected to participate regularly and fully.
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<a href="#ACMeetings">Advisory Committee meetings</a>.</p>
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<p>An individual participates on the Advisory Board or TAG from the moment the
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not advocate for the commercial interests of their employers, their
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participation does carry the responsibilities associated with Member
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representation, Invited Expert status, or Team representation (as described in
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process</a>). See also the licensing obligations on TAG participants in
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<p>If, for whatever reason, these constraints are not satisfied (e.g., because
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a TAG or AB participant changes jobs), one participant <span class=
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"rfc2119">MUST</span> cease TAG or AB participation until the situation has
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been resolved. If after <span class="time-interval">30 days</span> the
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situation has not been resolved, the Chair will declare one participant's seat
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to be vacant. When more than one individual is involved, the <a href=
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"#random">verifiable random selection procedure</a> described below will be
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used to choose one person for continued participation.</p>
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<h4>2.5.2 <a id="AB-TAG-elections" name="AB-TAG-elections">Advisory Board and
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Technical Architecture Group Elections</a></h4>
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<p>The Advisory Board and a portion of the Technical Architecture Group are
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elected by the Advisory Committee. An election begins when the Team sends a
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Call for Nominations to the Advisory Committee. Any Call for Nominations
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specifies the number of available seats, the deadline for nominations, and the
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address where nominations are sent. The Director <span class=
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"rfc2119">SHOULD</span> announce appointments no later than the start of a
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nomination period, and generally as part of the Call for Nominations.</p>
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<p>Each Member (or group of <a href="#MemberRelated">related Members</a>)
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<span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> nominate one individual. A nomination
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<span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> be made with the consent of the nominee. In
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order for an individual to be nominated as a Member representative, the
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individual <span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> qualify for <a href=
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"policies.html#member-rep">Member representation</a> and the Member's Advisory
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Committee representative <span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> include in the
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nomination the (same) <a href="groups.html#member-rep-info">information
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required for a Member representative in a Working Group</a>. In order for an
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individual to be nominated as an Invited Expert, the individual <span class=
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"rfc2119">MUST</span> provide the (same) <a href=
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"groups.html#inv-expert-info">information required for an Invited Expert in a
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Working Group</a> and the nominating Advisory Committee representative
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<span class="rfc2119">MUST</span> include that information in the nomination.
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In order for an individual to be nominated as a Team representative, the
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nominating Advisory Committee representative <span class="rfc2119">MUST</span>
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first secure approval from Team management. A nominee is <span class=
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"rfc2119">NOT REQUIRED</span> to be an employee of a Member organization, and
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<span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> be a <a href="#fellows">W3C Fellow</a>. Each
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nomination <span class="rfc2119">SHOULD</span> include a few informative
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paragraphs about the nominee.</p>
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<p>If, after the deadline for nominations, the number of nominees is:</p>
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<li>Equal to the number of available seats, those nominees are thereby elected.
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This situation constitutes a tie for the purposes of assigning <a href=
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"#short-term">short terms</a>.</li>
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<li>Less than the number of available seats, Calls for Nominations are issued
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until a sufficient number of people have been nominated. Those already
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nominated do not need to be renominated after a renewed call.</li>
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<li>Greater than the number of available seats, the Team issues a Call for
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Votes that includes the names of all candidates, the number of available seats,
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the deadline for votes, and the address where votes are sent.</li>
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<p>When there is a vote, each Member (or group of <a href=
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"#MemberRelated">related Members</a>) <span class="rfc2119">MAY</span> vote for
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as many candidates as there are available seats; see the section on <a href=
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"acreview.html#ACVotes">Advisory Committee votes</a>. Once the deadline for
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votes has passed, the Team announces the results to the Advisory Committee. The
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candidates with the most votes are elected to the available seats. In case of a
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tie where there are more apparent winners than available seats (e.g., three
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candidates receive 10 votes each for two seats), the <a href=
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"#random">verifiable random selection procedure</a> described below will be
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used to fill the available seats.</p>
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<p id="short-term">The shortest term is assigned to the elected individual who
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received the fewest votes, the next shortest to the elected individual who
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received the next fewest, and so on. In the case of a tie among those eligible
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for a short term, the <a href="#random">verifiable random selection
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procedure</a> described below will be used to assign the short term.</p>
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<p>Refer to <a href="http://www.w3.org/2002/10/election-howto">How to Organize
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an Advisory Board or TAG election</a> [<a href=
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"refs.html#ref-election-howto">MEM15</a>] for more details.</p>
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<h5>2.5.2.1 <a name="random" id="random">Verifiable Random Selection
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Procedure</a></h5>
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<p>When it is necessary to use a verifiable random selection process (e.g., in
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an AB or TAG election, to "draw straws" in case of a tie or to fill a short
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term), W3C uses the random and verifiable procedure defined in <a href=
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"http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2777.txt">RFC 2777</a> [<a href=
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"refs.html#ref-RFC2777">RFC2777</a>]. The procedure orders an input list of
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names (listed in alphabetical order by family name unless otherwise specified)
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into a "result order."</p>
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<p>W3C applies this procedure as follows:</p>
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<ol>
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<li>When N people have tied for M (less than N) seats. In this case, only the
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names of the N individuals who tied are provided as input to the procedure. The
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M seats are assigned in result order.</li>
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<li>After all elected individuals have been identified, when N people are
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eligible for M (less than N) short terms. In this case, only the names of those
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N individuals are provided as input to the procedure. The short terms are
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assigned in result order.</li>
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</ol>
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<h4>2.5.3 <a id="AB-TAG-vacated" name="AB-TAG-vacated">Advisory Board and
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Technical Architecture Group Vacated Seats</a></h4>
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<p>An Advisory Board or TAG participant's seat is vacated when either of the
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following occurs:</p>
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<ul>
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<li>the participant <a href="policies.html#resignation">resigns</a>, or</li>
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<li>the Chair asks the participant to <a href=
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"policies.html#resignation">resign</a>, for example because the participant has
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failed to remain in <a href="groups.html#good-standing">Good Standing</a>.</li>
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</ul>
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<p>When an Advisory Board or TAG participant changes affiliations, as long as
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<a href="#AB-TAG-constraints">Advisory Board and TAG participation
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constraints</a> are respected, the individual <span class="rfc2119">MAY</span>
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continue to participate until the next regularly scheduled election for that
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group. Otherwise, the seat is vacated.</p>
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<p>Vacated seats are filled according to this schedule:</p>
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<ul>
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<li>When an appointed TAG seat is vacated, the Director <span class=
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"rfc2119">MAY</span> re-appoint someone immediately, but no later than the next
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regularly scheduled election.</li>
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<li>When an elected seat on either the AB or TAG is vacated, the seat is filled
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at the next regularly scheduled election for the group unless the group Chair
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requests that W3C hold an election before then (for instance, due to the
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group's workload). The group Chair <span class="rfc2119">SHOULD NOT</span>
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request an exceptional election if the next regularly scheduled election is
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fewer than three months away.</li>
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</ul>
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