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APPROVED by voice vote at the TSC meeting on 14 May 2018.

Acumos Technical Community Document Section 3.4

3.4 TSC Subcommittees

The TSC, at its discretion, may establish subcommittees to assist the TSC with its responsibilities and provide expert guidance in technical subject areas (e.g., architecture or security).

3.4.1 Membership

Each subcommittee shall determine its own membership eligibility, in consultation with the TSC. It is expected that subcommittee membership shall be open to all Acumos contributors; however, subcommittees may impose restrictions such as the number of participants from a single company. While the desire may be to keep its size and scope limited, each subcommittee shall be open to the Acumos membership. In particular, a Platinum member has the right to appoint its TSC representative or a designate to such a subcommittee. Also, all elected TSC members are eligible to join a subcommittee.

Each subcommittee may elect a Chair and optionally a Vice-Chair who is responsible for leading meetings and representing the subcommittee to the TSC.

The Chair or Vice-Chair will be elected by members of the subcommittee as of the date the nomination process starts for the election.


Voting for a Chair or Vice-Chair is not limited to Acumos member companies. However only 1 Subcommittee member from each company, or group of related companies, may vote in the election. For the purpose of this document, “Related Company” shall mean any entity (Company-A) which controls or is controlled by another entity (Company-B) or which, together, is under the common control of a third party (Company-C), in each case where such control results from ownership, either directly or indirectly, of more than fifty percent of the voting securities or membership interests of the entity in question; and “Related Companies” are entities that are each a Related Company as described above.


The elected Chair (and/or Vice-Chair) is submitted to the TSC for confirmation. The TSC decides to accept the outcome or requests a new voting.


3.4.2 Advisory Role

Subcommittees are advisory in nature and not authoritative. They provide advice to projects and to the TSC. Subcommittees operate on a rough consensus basis. If the subcommittee is unable to reach consensus on what advice to offer, the subcommittee Chair shall raise the issue with the TSC, where a formal vote can be taken, or advise the project that the subcommittee cannot reach consensus.

3.4.3 Lifecycle

3.4.3.1 Creation

The TSC decides the creation of a subcommittee in accordance with TSC decision procedure. In order to create a TSC subcommittee, a TSC member shall make a proposal to the TSC (via Acumos-TSC email list) that shall cover at least the following:

  • TSC subcommittee name.

  • TSC subcommittee purpose: <Description of subcommittee purpose>

  • TSC subcommittee expected deliverables:<List of expected deliverables>

  • TSC subcommittee starting participants: <List of expected starting participants>

  • Optionally TSC subcommittee definition of done: <Description of what is expected at the conclusion of the subcommittee. This may relate to the deliverables>

3.4.3.2 Update

The TSC can modify a TSC subcommittee via a TSC decision. To request such a modification, a request is made to the Acumos-TSC email list.

3.4.3.3 Termination

The TSC decides the termination of the TSC subcommittee in accordance with the TSC decision procedure. The submission of a request to terminate the TSC subcommittee should cover:

  • TSC subcommittee name

  • TSC subcommittee deliveries: <description of what has been achieved>

  • Motivation for termination of TSC subcommittee: <Reason for requesting the termination of the subcommittee>

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