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Dgroups Coordination Report 2007-2009


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Presented by Peter Ballantyne to Dgroups Partnership Meeting (April 2009).

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Dgroups Coordination Report 2007-2009

  1. 1. Dgroups Partnership Meeting April 2009 Coordination Report 2007-2009 Peter Ballantyne
  2. 2. Starting Points <ul><li>2007 Meeting Report </li></ul><ul><li>2006 ‘Roadmap’ </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dgroups in 2008
  4. 4. Dgroups in 2009
  5. 5. 2006 Roadmap <ul><li>Guarantee stability and security of the platform. The platform staggered on until early 2009 when it was decommissioned. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance the current platform. Some improvements to D1 platform; Most features were incorporated into the D2 feature list. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on technical hosting of the current platform. W e stayed with IDRC until early 2008, moving to IGLOO, then WA Research . </li></ul><ul><li>Extend and reinforce the administrator community. Two Latin American workshops organized in early 2008. Admin communities function. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on management mechanisms. ExCo established in January 2007. A Board takes over in April 2009 . </li></ul><ul><li>Re-design the governance structure. We work with one category of ‘member’, each of whom votes to elect Board members. </li></ul><ul><li>Open up membership. New platform will be able to automate requests to create groups. Several members contribute ‘in-kind’ to Dgroups . </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on legal governance entity. Foundation established early 2009 . </li></ul><ul><li>Select financial model. Several new members joined. We are investigating additional grant funds . </li></ul><ul><li>Create prototype web 2.0 architecture. These notions guided the requirements specified for the new platform . </li></ul>
  6. 6. 2007 Meeting <ul><li>Members agreed on a set of ‘governing principles’ for the partnership. Basis for the subsequent Dgroups Foundation statutes . </li></ul><ul><li>Members elected an Executive Committee. The mandate expires today . </li></ul><ul><li>Members agreed that Dgroups should be a membership association, with one class of member. Operationalised in the Dgroups Foundation. </li></ul><ul><li>The Executive Committee will provide overall directions, a coordinator will support implementation, Bellanet to host and support the platform. Implemented, hosting moved outside IDRC in early 2008; Euforic has provided overall coordination. </li></ul><ul><li>Members agreed to develop a multi-year ‘big bang’ project to take forward all necessary technical and organizational dimensions of the project. Overtaken by urgent need to organize platform hosting and stability . </li></ul><ul><li>Members agreed to contract a technical scoping study of various scenarios. 2007 study recommended building own platform (rather than a Google-like solution) . </li></ul>
  7. 9. Major Milestones - 1 <ul><li>Technical options review (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Platform migration to IGLOO (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>RFP for new platform (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Platform migration to WA Research (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>IDRC funds for platform transition </li></ul><ul><li>Hivos/IICD funds for platform build </li></ul>
  8. 12. Major Milestones - 2 <ul><li>LatAm Admins Workshops (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation set up (2009) </li></ul><ul><li>10 new members </li></ul><ul><li>KIT research on Dgroups </li></ul><ul><li>ICCO funds for outreach </li></ul><ul><li>ExCo leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination by Euforic </li></ul>
  9. 14. Schema
  10. 15. Finances - Expenses
  11. 16. Finances - Income <ul><li>Total 2008 income: EUR 228,630 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HIVOS (25,000) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICCO (60,000, for outreach and training) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IDRC (65,000) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IICD (12,500) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Member fees (66,130) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Total 2009 income: EUR 254,050 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Member fees (95,900) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IDRC (44,971) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IICD (12,500) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carryover from 2008 (60,679) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target (40,000) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 17. Priorities <ul><li>Partnership governance </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership financing </li></ul><ul><li>Platform usability and features </li></ul><ul><li>Platform hosting </li></ul><ul><li>Platform support </li></ul><ul><li>Terms of use </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach and training </li></ul>