Board Meeting Summary

Meeting Date: October 8, 2010

Location: Nature Publishing Group’s New York City offices, NY, USA

In attendance:

  • Liz Allen, Wellcome Trust
  • Amy Brand, Harvard University Office for Scholarly Communication
  • Martin Fenner, Hannover Medical School
  • Thomas Hickey, OCLC
  • David Kochalko, Thomson Reuters
  • Salvatore Mele, CERN
  • Ed Pentz, CrossRef
  • Howard Ratner, Nature Publishing Group
  • Bernard Rous, Association for Computing Machinery
  • Chris Shillum, Elsevier
  • MacKenzie Smith, MIT (by phone)
  • Hideaki Takeda, National Institute of Informatics
  • Craig Van Dyck, Wiley
  • Simeon Warner, Cornell University Library
  • Michelle Lin, Thomson Reuters, as Counsel

Meeting summary:

The agenda for this meeting centered on the election of Officers of the Corporation and Chairs for various committees of the Board. Board members engaged in particularly active discussion about the composition and charge of the Technical Working Group (TWG), and determined to provide close guidance to the TWG during the crucial technical development and launch phase, and to appoint an Interim Technical Director to partner with the TWG Chair on implementation activities. Committee Chairs were charged to assemble their committees and come back to the Board with written charters to guide the work of each group.

Motions Passed:

  • Motion to approve the Bylaws as drafted, with an amendment to section 5, article 2 on the composition of the Executive Committee, to include the Treasurer as an ex officio member with voting rights. (14 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions)
  • Motion to elect as Officers of the Corporation: Howard Ratner as Chairman of the Board; Dave Kochalko as Treasurer; Amy Brand as Secretary. (14 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions)
  • Motion to create an Executive Committee comprised of six members. Four members were proposed and approved in addition to the Chair and the Treasurer: Liz Allen, Amy Brand, Bernie Rous, and Craig Van Dyck. (14 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions)
  • Motion to appoint Craig Van Dyck as Chair of the Audit Committee. (14 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions)
  • Motion to appoint Brian Wilson as Chair of the Technical Working Group, and in parallel charge a working group of the Board to develop a set of guiding principles that will help the Chair of the TWG create a charter for the TWG, subject to Board approval. (14 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions)
  • Motion to appoint Interim Technical Director: Motion to accept CrossRef’s proposal, if CrossRef board also approves, to name Geoff Bilder Interim Technical Director of ORCID; motion amended that we revise the CrossRef proposal to remove reference in the first paragraph to the RID code, such that the Technical Director’s purview is not limited to developing ORCID based on a particular system. (14 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions)
  • Motion to appoint Craig Van Dyck and Ed Pentz as Co-Chairs of the Business Working Group, and that the Co-Chairs will revise the previously posted remit of the BWG for Board consideration at its November meeting. (14 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions)
  • Motion to appoint Martin Fenner as Chair of the Marketing Working Group, and to ask Chair to draft a charter for the MWG for Board consideration at its November meeting. (14 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions)