[tei-council] Statement - additional point

James Cummings James.Cummings at oucs.ox.ac.uk
Wed Aug 17 17:52:39 EDT 2011

On 17/08/11 22:17, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> Bothers me, the sentence which says the board dismissed it's chair.
> It didn't, it simply did not pass a vote of confidence. MM did not
> have to resign. This does nt affect the tone of the message, but it
> should probabk be correct. "sudden action of a subset of the board in
> effectively forcing the chair to resign" ?

Although that only 4 voting members were present means this is true, 
what about:

"...sudden actions at the TEI Board which led to the resignation of its 

That is factually accurate, but doesn't get into indicating blame, which 
I don't think is what Council should be doing other than laying it at 
the door of the Board. I don't think it is our job to second guess the 
pending (and hopefully more in-depth) statement by the interim chair, 
just express our shock and dismay.

If that is acceptable it would leave this statement reading:

1) The TEI Technical Council continues to function and wants to get on
with its job of improving and openly maintaining the Guidelines and
associated systems and resources on behalf of the TEI Community.

2) The TEI Technical Council is shocked and saddened by the sudden
actions at the TEI Board which led to the resignation of its chair and 
the implications
this may have for the ability of the TEI Board to work effectively as
representatives of the TEI Community.

3) The TEI Technical Council desires a greater transparency and
accountability in TEI Board activities, notwithstanding the minutes of
meetings it already publishes. Council calls for reforms that introduce
mechanisms to make TEI Board activities more transparent and built on
greater consultation with the TEI Community.

4) The TEI Technical Council believes that the events announced by the
TEI Board on 15 August 2011, pending greater explanation, have caused
real harm to the TEI Consortium and wish to know the Board's plans for
restoring the Consortium's reputation and good standing in the

5) The TEI Technical Council appreciated the willingness of the outgoing 
chair to provide a vision for the TEI that could have contributed to 
reforming the TEI Consortium as an organisation. It is hoped that the 
TEI Board will consider the issues he raised as it moves forward.


Dr James Cummings, Manager of InfoDev
Oxford University Computing Services
University of Oxford

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