Issue 603: Contextualize issues in a more informative way

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Post by Erin Canning (7 July 2022)

Dear all, 

I would like to raise three items for discussion, regarding the SIG meetings and processes. "Contextualize issues in a more informative way" would be the first of these:

Background: At the SIG meetings we are following a protocol with the working documents for introducing issues for decision. We cannot assume that members (especially newcomers) read these documents before the issues are discussed because: a) the volume of the documents and the background reading is too large, b) some (most) of them are prepared too soon before the meeting and there is no time to review them. Newcomers may not be completely aware of the process.

Before each SIG meeting one of the CIDOC-CRM chairs to hold a briefing meeting with the session chairs, to remind them that inclusive and informative introductions are needed for the whole duration of the meeting.
Before or at the beginning of each meeting an informal and non-technical discussion among newcomers is held, convened by one of the members of the editorial group.
Reminder to homework owners that working documents should be distributed to the listserv at least one week before the meeting dates in order to give participants sufficient time to get up to speed.

I look forward to your thoughts. 

All the best,
Erin Canning

Post by Rob Sanderson (7 July 2022)

While I agree with the sentiment, everyone is busy and getting homework done early is frequently a challenge. Especially when there is no guarantee that the issue will actually get discussed at the SIG.

Getting people to attend pre-meeting meetings is also often a challenge. I would propose that further changes, such as those outlined in your other two emails, would be prerequisites to more formalized approaches to issue contextualization during meetings.


Instead, I would put the burden on the issue's creator to ensure that the explanation is sufficiently approachable before it makes it to a SIG agenda. Then that description can be read in advance and summarized at the beginning of the discussion. This could be combined with something George has proposed of allowing the agenda to be formulated such that issues that are well described and easy to engage with are prioritized, whereas group wordsmithing / editorial tweaks can be deprioritized to smaller groups.