Title: Statutes of Tauri DRACC: 0035, TAUR-0000 Category: Regulatory Scope: Programme Authors: van Boven, R. Date: May 2021
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The Tauri Programme (in short: Tauri) has been established to facilitate an open, transparent and efficient governance process throughout the future development of the technology and auxiliary materials (such as documentation, tests, validators and tutorials) developed within the Tauri user and development community.
Tauri seeks to provide guidance, oversight and coordination of activities as well as a long-term, multi-stakeholder and architectural perspective.
Tauri is the name of a not-for-profit technical and creative community effort serving the public benefit. Tauri is established as a Programme within The Commons Conservancy. The Commons Conservancy is a not-for-profit foundation ('Stichting') established under The Netherlands law.
Terms contained in this document refer to the respective definitions of these terms within the regulations of The Commons Conservancy, unless explicitly noted otherwise. The Programme is subject to the conditions set forth in the Statutes and Regulations of The Commons Conservancy, more in particular to the conditions stipulated in The Commons Conservancy DRACC 0002. References to the Statutes or Regulations of Tauri therefore automatically mean the combination of the Statutes and Regulations of the Programme and those of The Commons Conservancy.
Any decisions made or approved by the Tauri Board of Directors within the scope of its mandate will be handled according to the procedure set out in DRACC "Decision Handling Procedure". New (versions of) Tauri Statutes and Regulations enter into effect when they are published as part of the DRACC series of The Commons Conservancy.
Tauri operates on a nil budget, which means there are no direct financial considerations.
Tauri Board of Directors determines the desired direction of the development of technology and auxiliary materials. At the request of grantmaking organisations, donors and partners, Tauri MAY provide guidance to others on and inspiration with regards to the establishment and evaluation of activities. Tauri itself will have no direct financial involvement in such activities under any circumstances.
The central decision making body within Tauri is the Tauri Board of Directors (in short: Tauri Board). The Tauri Board is a meritocratic committee responsible for making and coordinating decisions on behalf of the user and developer community around Tauri, according to the conditions set forth in these Statutes as well as any Regulations established by prior decisions of the Tauri Board.
The Tauri Board has a minimum of three, and a maximum of seven natural persons. The founding Tauri Board has appointed a number of its constituting Directors to serve a half (12 month) term, and the remainder to serve a regular (24 month) term. Subsequent Directors are elected by the Tauri Board to regular 24 month terms according to the procedure set out in these Statutes. Directors are permitted to seek office for multiple terms, however, when running against other candidates the amount of terms they have consecutively served is deducted from the votes cast in their favour. This provides a balance between continuity, equal opportunities and renewal of qualities and competences.
The Tauri Board determines the Programme's structure and processes, and is responsible for maintaining its Statutes and Regulations. The Tauri Board is free to make or revise any decision, taking into consideration applicable law as well as any immutable conditions previously established within the Statutes or Regulations.
In order to efficiently fulfill its tasks, the Board may establish specialized committees and taskforces, as well as assign named roles to qualified individuals to provide advice and assistance on specific issues. The associated qualifications, tasks and responsibilities SHALL be formalised by publication as part of the Regulations of Tauri.
The Tauri Board (and any person, group or organisation mandated by the Tauri Board on its behalf) must act in good faith and in the common interest of the developer community and the wider user community of Tauri. If significant harm to the organization has been committed by any Director, they MAY be removed from the Board by a simple majority vote of the rest of the Board.
The Tauri Board SHALL convene offline or online at least every twelve (12) months.
Any two Tauri Directors MAY jointly organise a vote of the Tauri Board on any subject, after which a notification SHALL be sent out by email to each Director detailing the proposed action and the deadline.
Each Director is entitled to one (1) vote on each matter submitted to a vote. Voting happens through an electronic voting system, by email vote or by a quorate (online) meeting. A quorum is reached when all Directors are either (tele)present, have appointed a proxy or have indicated they will abstain from voting.
It is the responsibility of each Director to maintain valid contact details for communication within the Board. When a Director does not respond to multiple communication requests or invitations to vote for a period of one month across at least two different channels, they are removed from the quorum count until contact is restored.
Regular decisions of the Tauri Board are taken by a simple majority. Any amendment to these Statutes requires a consensus of the entire Tauri Board minus one Director. In all cases, the Chair of the Tauri board casts the deciding vote in case of a tie.
Each Director agrees to use their best efforts to resolve disputes in an informal manner.
All Tauri Directors (as well as any persons the Tauri Board have delegated tasks and/or responsibilities to) are understood to act as fiduciaries with regard to the Tauri Programme, and their duties include, but are not limited to, the fiduciary duty of care and the fiduciary duty of loyalty.
Directors SHOULD NOT receive any personal benefit as a result of a pending decision -- they are required to explain the circumstances and avoid taking any part in the decision.
Any conflict of interest or apparent conflict of interest between Tauri and individual Directors MUST be avoided. Directors undertake to declare any interest in any item under discussion and MAY be invited by the Tauri Chair to withdraw from discussions when business concerning their personal interests or the interests of natural or legal persons close to them is being dealt with. Directors MUST heed such an invitation and at the very least abstain from voting.
Decisions involving activities under which one or more Directors would have conflicts of interest that are of material significance to the Programme and/or to the relevant Director(s) require the approval of the entire Tauri Board minus the Director(s) with a conflict of interest.
All software and content created or maintained within Tauri is to be made publically available perpetually at no cost under one or more of the licenses on the Free Software Foundation's list of "recommended copyleft licenses" or any license approved by the Open Source Initiative on or after the submission date.
When additional licensing needs (which would make the identical software or assets available also through licenses not on those lists) arise, the Tauri Board is responsible for deciding on a case by case basis how this shall be best dealt with. In such matters the Board SHALL act in the common interest of the user and developer community, respectful of the spirit and intents of the original creators of and contributors to Tauri.
Any financial benefits resulting from licensing agreements with third parties shall exclusively be directed towards a not-for-profit organisation aligned with the goals of Tauri as contribution to the future development and maintenance of Tauri. These contributions shall be spent under the responsibility of the Tauri Board, on behalf of the Tauri user and developer community and in the general public interest.
Transition into these Statutes
The following decisions are ratified by the signatories when these Statutes take effect:
The founding Tauri Board shall be comprised of the individuals acting as signatories of the initial version of these Statutes, the act of which also has established all signees as Directors.
Daniel THOMPSON-YVETOT is appointed as the Tauri Chair for a period of 12 months.
Lucas Fernandes NOGUEIRA is appointed as Director of the Tauri Board for a period of 12 months.
Erlend SOGGE HEGGEN, Robin VAN BOVEN, Jacob Ryan BOLDA, David LEMARIER & YuWei WU are appointed as Directors of the Tauri Board for a period of 24 months.
The Tauri Board commits to identify and approach all rights holders, and ask them to transfer the moral stewardship of the codebase to the Tauri Programme.
Agreed on (date), (location) by:
Daniel THOMPSON-YVETOT June 30th, 2021 (Halver, Germany) __________________
Robin VAN BOVEN June 21st, 2021 (Rotterdam, Netherlands) __________________
Erlend SOGGE HEGGEN July 15th, 2021 (Oslo, Norway) __________________
Lucas Fernandes GONÇALVES NOGUEIRA July 16th, 2021 (Bauru, Brazil) __________________
Jacob Ryan BOLDA June 27, 2021 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) __________________
David LEMARIER June 21st, 2021 (Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada) __________________
YuWei WU June 17th, 2021 (Hsinchu, Taiwan) __________________