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					          IEEE-CS Constitution
Standards Activity Board request to amend

                      John Walz
        Prepared for IEEE CS C&B, 12-May-08




               For Computer Society Internal Use Only
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         Computer Society Purposes
1.   CS Standards Activities started in 1968
2.   New IEEE members select their Societies based on the
     Society’s Field of Interest (FOI)
3.   Society’s FOI is part of their Constitution
4.   CS FOI was last updated in 1977
5.   CS FOI does not include Standards Activities
6.   Other Societies were slow to start up their Standards
     Activities (e.g. Communications Society)
7.   Today most Societies recognize the Standards value
     proposition to their membership, IEEE-TAB
8.   Some Societies may want their rightful Standards
     Activities moved back to them according to FOI


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       CS Constitution Section 2: FOI
• The purposes of the Society shall be scientific, literary, and
  educational in character. The Society shall strive to advance
  the theory, practice, and application of computer and
  information processing science and technology and shall
  maintain a high professional standing among its members.
  The Society shall promote cooperation and exchange of
  technical information among its members and to this end shall
  hold meetings for the presentation and discussion of technical
  papers, shall publish technical journals, and shall through its
  organization and other appropriate means provide for the
  needs of its members. The scope of the Society shall
  encompass all aspects of theory, design, practice, and
  application relating to computer and information processing
  science and technology. (10/77)




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                   Proposed CS FOI
• The purposes of the Society shall be scientific, literary, and
  educational in character. The Society shall strive to advance
  the theory, practice, and application of computer and
  information processing science and technology and shall
  maintain a high professional standing among its members.
  The Society shall promote cooperation and exchange of
  technical information among its members and to this end shall
  hold meetings for the presentation and discussion of technical
  papers, shall publish technical journals, shall support
  development of life long professional education and
  certification, shall establish standards, and shall through its
  organization and other appropriate means provide for the
  needs of its members. The scope of the Society shall
  encompass all aspects of theory, design, practice, and
  application relating to computer and information processing
  science and technology.



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                   Pro / Con
• Pro
  – CS FOI provides equality among CS Boards
  – Insurance against other Societies / Councils
    going after our member’s activities
  – Appropriate time to adjust the constitution is
    during Society transformation
• Con
  – As IEEE-TAB approval is required, TAB
    debate focus on CS FOI which overlaps many
    other Society’s FOI


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            C&B Conclusion
• Now is the time to clean up the CS
  Constitution as there is a cost for
  membership ballot
• Mike Williams agreed to review the CS
  Constitution with Gerry Engel for other
  necessary changes to be added this FOI
  changes.
         Field of Interest Motion
• MOVED, that the Constitution & Bylaws
  Committee of the IEEE Computer Society
  approves the highlighted additions to the
  Constitution, Section 2, Field of Interest.
           Backup




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IEEE Technical Activities Board Operations Manual
•   4.0 IEEE SOCIETIES, IEEE TECHNICAL COUNCILS (S/Cs) AND
    DIVISIONS
•   4.1 DEFINITION A. IEEE Societies
    – IEEE Policy 2.1: In recognition of the continuing growth and diversification of its
      technical activities, the IEEE has provided for Societies within the IEEE structure.
      The Societies benefit from the economies of centralized administration, extensive
      geographical organization of the IEEE, and the ease with which an individual can
      participate in several organizational units within the IEEE, thus providing a better
      match between technical needs and the necessarily arbitrary lines of
      organization.
    – A. Functions of Societies. Each Society operates in a distinct technical area, and
      shall provide the necessary basis for its further growth, for attracting new
      members in competition with other societies in the field, for merging IEEE
      Societies into stronger technical organizational units, for merging non-IEEE
      societies into IEEE, for dealing with other professional societies, and for
      facilitating the representation of the profession to outside agencies including
      governments. Each Society carries out its own publication, meetings, standards,
      and other activities as required and operates within its own budget and may
      establish Technical Committees to allow members to promote specialized
      technical areas.




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IEEE Technical Activities Board Operations Manual
• 4.2 FUNCTION OF IEEE SOCIETIES
   – IEEE Bylaw I-401.2 Societies.
     A Society provides a forum and community for the exchange of
     technical information among members in the respective discipline and
     industries of electrical and electronics engineering and related arts and
     sciences. Societies may represent either an identifiable segment of the
     electrical and electronics industries, or a discipline having applicability in
     different industries and functions. A Society's scope or mission shall be
     approved by TAB.
   – Each Society operates in a distinct technical area, and shall provide the
     necessary basis for its further growth, for attracting new members in
     competition with other societies in the field, for merging IEEE Societies
     into stronger technical organizational units, for merging non-IEEE
     societies into IEEE, for dealing with other professional societies, and for
     facilitating the representation of the profession to outside agencies
     including governments. Each Society carries out its own publication,
     meetings, standards, and other activities as required and operates
     within its own budget and may establish Technical Committees to allow
     members to promote specialized technical areas.




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IEEE Technical Activities Board Operations Manual

• 4.2 FUNCTION OF IEEE SOCIETIES
  – B. SOCIETY OPERATION:
     • 8. Standards. The Societies may prepare Standards
       recommendations, provided that advance approval for each such
       preparation is obtained from the Standards Board.




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IEEE Technical Activities Board Operations Manual
•   4.4 IEEE TECHNICAL SOCIETY FORMATION PROCESS
    – 2. Development of a Full Proposal for forming a new IEEE Technical Society.
      The Proposer, in consultation with the TAB New Technology Directions
      Committee, the TAB Strategic Planning Committee, and the Managing Director,
      Technical Activities, develops a Full Proposal, considering the opportunities for
      attaching the proposed activities to an existing society or council and the IEEE's
      need to be involved in emerging technologies.
      Upon acceptance by TAB, the Full proposal becomes the agreement between
      the Proposer and TAB.
      The Full Proposal shall include the following information, including milestones:
      Proposed Field of Interest Statement
      Proposed Constitution and Bylaws
      Proposed Society Development Plan, including activities and observable
      achievements (e.g., Conference Plan) with dates.
      Proposed Society Membership Plan
      Proposed Publication Plan, if appropriate
      Proposed Conference Plan, if appropriate
      Proposed Plans for other activities, e.g., educational products, standards
      Proposed Resource Plan, including funds and other resources




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IEEE Technical Activities Board Operations Manual
•   4.7 IEEE TECHNICAL COUNCIL FORMATION PROCESS
    – 3. Development of a Full Proposal for forming a new IEEE Technical Council.
      The Proposing Societies, in consultation with the TAB New Technology
      Directions Committee, the TAB Strategic Planning Committee, and the Managing
      Director, Technical Activities, develop a Full Proposal, considering the
      opportunities for attaching the proposed activities to an existing society or council
      and the IEEE's need to be involved in emerging technologies.
      (1) Upon acceptance by TAB, the Full proposal becomes the agreement between
      the Proposing Societies and TAB.
      (2) The Full Proposal shall include the following information, including
      milestones:
      i. Proposed Field of Interest Statement
      ii. Proposed Constitution and Bylaws
      iii. Proposed Council Development Plan, including activities and observable
      achievements (e.g., Conference Plan) with dates.
      iv. Proposed Publication Plan, if appropriate
      v. Proposed Conference Plan, if appropriate
      vi. Proposed Plans for other activities, e.g., educational products, standards
      vii. Proposed Resource Plan, including funds and other resources




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    IEEE Technical Activities Board Operations Manual
•   4.0 IEEE SOCIETIES, IEEE TECHNICAL COUNCILS (S/Cs) AND DIVISIONS
•   4.8 B. Field of Interest Statements. To change a Society's Field of Interest statement,
    which is part of a Society's Constitution, the following steps must be followed:
    1) To initiate a change in its Field of Interest, a Society files a notice of proposed change
    with the Managing Director, Technical Activities. The Society President must then send
    this notice to all other Society/Council (S/C) Presidents (and the Society Presidents' Forum
    Chair) with a request to notify the proposing S/C President of any comments. The notice
    should be sent out in accordance with the deadline set for the upcoming TAB agenda.
    (2) The proposed change should then be communicated as an action item at the
    Presidents' Forum with a summary of comments received from S/C Presidents. If not
    approved by a majority of S/C Presidents, an Ad Hoc Committee of interested and affected
    S/C Presidents shall be appointed by the Forum Chair (who will also act as the Chair of
    the Ad Hoc Committee). Following due deliberations and input from Society Administrative
    Committees, the Ad Hoc Committee will attempt to arrive at a mutually acceptable
    statement of the proposed change.
    The Committee must report back to the Presidents' Forum at the next meeting of the
    Forum with either an appropriate Motion or a recommendation that an Ad Hoc Arbitration
    Committee - chaired by the Forum Chair and consisting of five (5) Presidents from
    disinterested Societies and who are not members of the affected S/C - be formed. Again,
    this Committee must report back to the Presidents' Forum at the next meeting of the
    Forum with its recommendation.
    (3) Based on the approval of the majority of the S/C Presidents present at the Presidents'
    Forum, the proposed change will be introduced to TAB as a Forum Motion and voted on
    accordingly. TAB may authorize the change in the Society's Field of Interest statement.


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IEEE Technical Activities Board Operations Manual
• 4.14 IEEE COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY (COMM-19)
   – The IEEE Communications Society embraces the science, technology
     and applications supporting the transfer and organization of information,
     of diverse media types and formats, through communication networks
     and channels. (11/02)
     This may include:
       • Communications standards and specifications
• 4.46 IEEE SYSTEMS COUNCIL (SysC-45)
   – This Council integrates IEEE activities regarding aspects of multiple
     disciplines and specialty areas associated with the engineering of
     systems. This Council covers, but is not limited to the following:
     Systems engineering, education, standards, processes and
     methodologies; Modeling, simulation and integration related to design,
     testing, production and support; Design aspects for robust design,
     human factors, safety, security and usability; Transition of products from
     design to production, deployment and use; Quality control and system
     management; Program/product/project management interactions; Risk
     management; Systems architecture (6/05)




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