[NeXus-committee] NIAC committee

Tobias Richter Tobias.Richter at esss.se
Wed Sep 26 13:37:29 BST 2018

Hi Steve,

There is a formal process, outlined in the constitution here: https://www.nexusformat.org/NIAC.html
One of the main obstacles to your proposal to join is the clause “[the committee] consist of at most one voting representative from each […] facility”.

That means voting rights would depend on replacing Mark, which you don’t want to do.
As mentioned last time you would be welcome to join the discussions at the meeting, which you in likelihood cannot attend.

The remaining route would be to get the a motion accepted at the next meeting to have you co-opted onto the committee by the committee in order to “ensure balanced representation”.
Currently Herbert Bernstein and Ray Osborn have that status, due to their significant contributions to NeXus.

If you would like to get involved in the day to day business and discussions of NeXus you can join the hangout meetings – there is one later today:
It is open to all interested parties and most decisions of the NIAC are prepared in that forum.
You can propose topics for discussion as a pull request to the web site repo on Github or use the AOB section. Mark B can provide all the background.
Otherwise the mailing list is an underutilised place for discussions.

See you soon,

From: NeXus-committee <nexus-committee-bounces at shadow.nd.rl.ac.uk> on behalf of Steve Collins <steve.collins at diamond.ac.uk>
Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 at 14:08
To: "nexus-committee at nexusformat.org" <nexus-committee at nexusformat.org>
Subject: [NeXus-committee] NIAC committee

Dear All,

Further to my previous email exchange with Tobias, I am interested in joining the NIAC committee if that is acceptable, as a representative of Diamond Light Source. I should points out that:

1.       I don’t want to replace Mark Basham, as our interests and skills are quite different.

2.       I’m not a software engineer, but a physicist and beamline responsible.

3.       I have a particular interest in open science and FAIR data management.

4.       I am the Physical Sciences Data Science Coordinator at Diamond, with part of my role being to work towards full adoption of NeXus in the physical sciences.

5.       I am unlikely to be able to attend next month’s meeting at BNL.

Please let me know if you feel it is appropriate for me to join or let me know if there is a more formal process.



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