[KI-LC] Types of Group Output

J. Trent Adams adams at isoc.org
Fri Sep 4 09:12:38 PDT 2009

All -

It's exciting that so many groups are actively working.  As such, there
is already interest in the process of moving the final output from the
groups out into the world.  I've put together a couple notes that should
help provide some guidance.

The KI rules provide for two output types:

 1. Report
 2. Recommendation

In short, a Report is a general document that's officially published by
the WG/DGs, but is not branded as KI output.  Recommendations, on the
other hand, are documents produced by WGs (not DGs) that can be ratified
by an all-member ballot as officially branded KI output.  These two
types provide a lot of flexibility for various opinions to co-exist and
be heard while protecting the integrity of the voice of the entire

If, for example, your WG would like to publicly comment on a topic you
could do so by producing a Report or a Recommendation.  The difference
is that one carries the full weight of the KI membership while the other
is a statement coming from the WG/DG itself.

The process for a WG/DG producing a Report is simple.  After a Majority
of the Group votes to approve it, the Report is submitted to the
Leadership Council, and it is thus recorded as official output of the
Group.  At that point it can be publicized as the voice of the Group.

The process for a WG producing a Recommendation is a bit more rigorous. 
It starts the same way as a Report out of the WG with a Majority of the
Group voting to approve it as a Draft Recommendation.  Once it is
submitted, the LC will review it to ensure it's within the scope of the
WG charter.  After the LC approves it by a Simple Majority of those
voting, it is made available for at least a 45-day review period by the
full KI Membership.  At the end of the review, the LC Secretary
initiates an All Member Ballot.  This ballot will be conducted via email
and will be open for at least 14 days.  The Recommendation will become
officially branded KI output if a Supermajority of those Voting in the
All Member Ballot agree.

As you can see, it's a lot easier (and faster) to produce a Report than
a Recommendation, though it falls short of being able to carry the
imprimatur of KI.  Also, there is nothing in the rules that indicates a
Report can't be made into a Recommendation, if that path meets the needs
of the WG.

Any output that's short of a Report or Recommendation, though, should be
considered the opinion of the individual person/people and not the WG/DG
or KI.

For more detailed information, you may went to review the following from
the Operating Procedure (OP) [1] and the Bylaws [2]:

 * OP 0 "Scope"
 * OP 2.6 "Voting"
 * OP 1.4 “Draft Recommendation”
 * Bylaws 1.15 “Recommendation”
 * OP 1.7 "Report"
 * OP 5 "All-Member Ballot of a Draft Recommendation"

I hope this helps, but please feel free to reply to this or contact me
with any comments, questions, or suggestions.  If it sounds like we may
need to modify the OP in any way, we should capture the thoughts in the 
Operating Procedures Review page on the wiki [3].



J. Trent Adams

Outreach Specialist, Trust & Identity
Internet Society

e) adams at isoc.org
o) 703-439-2149

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