Following the initial thread regarding the proposition to create an ambassador council and the steering committee being disbanded, the Advisory Committee is seeking your help in defining the role of the Ambassador Council.
Throughout 2022, we developed the concept of the Ambassador Council as a group that would help steer the project’s future. This post delves into further detail on how the Ambassador Council would function and the type of participants we are seeking. At this stage, we are seeking community feedback on the proposal outlined below.
We aim for the Ambassador Council to achieve four goals:
The Ambassador Council should represent OpenRefine’s diverse community, both geographically and across different communities.
The ambassador council will clarify who makes non-technical decisions regarding the project. Currently, that power rests with the Advisory Committee, but it should reside with the community. The Ambassador Council will be responsible for day-to-day decisions concerning grant administration (within the grant’s scope), fund allocation, new grant applications, hiring, establishing partnerships, and implementing changes to OpenRefine’s governance.
Members of the Ambassador Council will serve as one point of contact between their respective communities and OpenRefine. The project member can seek their feedback to understand better how their community uses the software. Their ambassador title helps to identify them as representatives of OpenRefine.
The Ambassador Council serves as a means to acknowledge community leaders while facilitating the emergence of new leaders. We envision the Ambassador Council as a growth track for identifying future Advisory Committee members or Project Managers. It will coexist with other methods of recognizing participants, such as promotion to a Committers role.
We expect individuals to demonstrate long-term commitment, allowing them to participate in initiatives over several months.
Members are encouraged to attend Ambassador Council meetings at least once a month and actively engage with the community on our forum.
Below are some topics the current Advisory Committee has addressed in the last 24 months. We would like the Ambassador Council to take ownership of these subjects. Their implementation can be supported by other volunteers, or OpenRefine paid resources (developers or project manager).
- How should we spend the diversity-focused software development budget (see thread) or extra budget from the EOSS-5 grant?
- How should we manage the OpenRefine roadmap?
- Are there any organizations we should closely collaborate with? Are there grants we should apply for?
- What should the first OpenRefine BarCamp look like?
- What should be the process for renewing the Ambassador and Advisory Committee?
- How do we manage user invitations and privilege revocations in the forum and GitHub organization?
Ambassador Council members may also volunteer to participate in specific, more time-intensive tasks, including:
- Participating in a hiring committee.
- Assisting with grant writing and reporting.
- Managing the internship program.
- Organizing a group of volunteers for specific tasks (e.g., recording new explainer videos, social media management, translation).
- Representing OpenRefine at events.
We want your feedback on the proposal.
What are your thoughts on the suggested goals?
- Would you add more responsibilities to this new group?
- Is there a topic where you would like to see them involved?
- Does the new group have too much or too little authority over non-technical matters? What would you add or remove?
Do you have any additional ideas for fostering leadership within the community?
- What measures should be in place to ensure transparency and accountability within the Ambassador Council’s activities?
- How can the Ambassador Council best facilitate communication and collaboration with the community members?
Regarding the topics and tasks outlined for the Ambassador Council,
- Are there other tasks the Ambassador Council should take on?
- Are there any initiatives that you think we should prioritize?
- Are we expecting too much from the participants?
Would you be interested in joining such a committee?
You can publicly provide feedback on this forum or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by scheduling a call from this page. I will also reach out directly to those who already express interest via the 2022 annual survey or other channels.