Standard Upper Ontology Working Group (SUO WG)
How We Do Business
The SUO WG operates under the IEEE
Standards Association (IEEE SA) and is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Standards
The authorisation for this project comes from the Project
Authorisation Request (PAR), which was approved on 2000-12-07.
We operate under the Procedures of the IEEE SA can be found
Of particular relevance are the IEEE
Standards Companion, and the IEEE
Standards Style Manual.
Formal business of the SUO WG is conducted under Robert's
Rules of Order (RRO). An IEEE presentation of RRO can be found
A public domain version or RRO can be found here.
One deviation from the normal use of RRO is in the counting
of votes. IEEE has announced the following new rule for counting
YES > 0.5*VOTING MEMBERS
This means that abstaining, acknowledging (but not voting),
responding are all effectively "NO" votes.
In practice this makes being a responsible voting member more
than in the past, when if you were not interested, or not bothered
a particular vote, you could acknowledge but not vote, and you
be counted in the ballot.
If you have consistently not voted in ballots we suggest either:
1. (Preferably) you take a more active interest in the work
of the Group
and vote (YES or NO) in ballots.
2. You consider removing yourself from the voting membership
(which in no
other way limits your participation in the Group). You may regain
rights at any time by making a request to the Chair.
- When a change is made in the way we do business (e.g. policy
on adding or removing voting members) then a two thirds majority
- When the Draft Standard is voted on under the IEEE SA a majority
of 75% is required.
A list of SUO voting members is at http://suo.ieee.org/SUO/documents/voting-members.txt.
Voting membership can be attained by completing an application
form (see below), participating in the work of this group, and
waiting for 6-months (from date of application). Participation
might be in the form of subscribing to the standard-upper-ontology
email discussion list (see How
to Participate) (Caution, this list can see some 100+ messages
per week), or by periodically (every month or two) providing
comments on documents in development.
Application form: Download the form as an MS Exel Spreadsheet
is NOT an online form), save to your disk, fill in the 13 fields,
and email to Jim.S3@juno.com. If you are unable to download or
open this Excel spreadsheet, send an email to the same address
with the following information: First Name, Middle Initial, Last
Name, Company, Add1, Add2, City, State, Zip, Country, Phone,
FAX, Email, IEEE Member #(not required).
SUO WG voting members who do not acknowledge or cast a vote
in 2 successive ballots shall be removed from the list of voting
members. They will be informed of this action, provided they
can be reached. Such individuals may immediately regain voting
rights by making a request of the Chair.
Note: "... do not acknowledge or cast a vote..."
means those that do neither, rather than meaning than just not
casting a vote can lead to removal from the voting list.