[tei-council] version without legalese

Kevin Hawkins kevin.s.hawkins at ultraslavonic.info
Wed Aug 17 21:42:35 EDT 2011

I meant to offer the version below as well but got distracted.  I 
maintain the ordering (first background and then proposed actions), 
which I feel is critical.  I have also added a title, which could be 
used as a subject line.


= A statement from the TEI Technical Council on the recent actions of 
the TEI Board of Directors =

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

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 organization.

The TEI Technical Council believes that the events announced by the TEI 
Board of Directors 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 

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.

The TEI Technical Council hopes that the TEI Board of Directors will 
consider the issues that the outgoing chair raised as it moves forward.

The TEI Technical Council desires a greater transparency and 
accountability in TEI Board of Directors activities, notwithstanding the 
minutes of meetings it already publishes.

The TEI Technical Council calls for reforms that introduce mechanisms to 
make TEI Board of Directors activities more transparent and built on 
greater consultation with the TEI community.

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