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OpenCUNY Spring 2015 Welcome; Come Celebrate with Us This Friday!

February 24, 2015 in Event, Feature, Terms of Participation, Welcome

To welcome everyone back into the semester and celebrate the hopefully imminent coming of better weather, OpenCUNY is throwing a spring party this Friday, February 27, from 5-8pm in Room 5414. There will be drinks, food, and socializing with OpenCUNY participants (i.e. you and your colleagues!) and coordinators. Even if you haven’t yet joined OpenCUNY, you’re welcome to come and talk with us about that personal/group/etc. website that you’ve been meaning to create!

At the party and across the spring semester we’ll be looking towards supporting and building the future of OpenCUNY. Last spring we celebrated OpenCUNY’s 5th birthday, and we’ve been considering how to sustain and develop OpenCUNY for the next five years and beyond. As coordinators, we’ve been tracking changes in technology and updating our platform, including expanding our server space. We need your support and participation to help us direct the future course of OpenCUNY with two initiatives. These initiatives will help shape, protect, and support OpenCUNY in the future.

As always, be in touch with any questions as you create and develop your digital footprints. And, be on the lookout for more OpenCUNY events as the weather starts to warm!

We Need Your Voice: Reviewing, Commenting, and Approving Our Proposed Terms of Participation

January 22, 2015 in Event, Feature, Terms of Participation

Since 2008, OpenCUNY has been the student-organized, open-source, participatory digital media platform for The Graduate Center, CUNY community. In its participatory nature, every person who signs up with OpenCUNY is a participant, not a user. Our guiding policy, the Terms of Participation, aims to empower participants and let them retain the rights to the content they post on OpenCUNY. The current Terms of Participation dates to 2011.

In 2013-2014 with the appointment of two new coordinators, OpenCUNY decided that the Terms were in need of revising and begun this process, as detailed in the DSC bylaws.
Our work on the new Terms have progressed over the past months, detailed below.

Fall 2013: OpenCUNY meets with the DSC-funded lawyer for an initial consultation about what revising the Terms would entail, given the fast pace with which the laws involving digital media have evolved in the past few years.
May 2014: With a DSC-funded Knowledge Grant, OpenCUNY meets with lawyers in the DSC-associated law firm to begin to craft a new Terms of Participation through conversation.
Summer 2014: OpenCUNY Coordinators digitally review and revise drafts of the Terms and reach a draft that was ready for review by the OpenCUNY Board.
Fall 2014: Over the course of a few meetings, the OpenCUNY Coordinators and the OpenCUNY Board discuss the Terms and suggest additional revisions.
December 2014: The OpenCUNY Board approves the Terms, pending revisions, which the lawyers make, sending back a fourth draft.

And that brings us up to the present, to January 2015, where we’re posting the proposed Terms of Participation and opening them up for review and voting approval by all OpenCUNY participants. We welcome and will respond to your comments, whether posted publicly or emailed. Here’s our proposed timeline moving forward.

January-March 2015: Proposed Terms of Participation are open for review, comment, and approval by OpenCUNY participants. OpenCUNY Coordinators review and revise, as necessary, in consultation with the law firm.
April 24, 2015: Having been approved by the OpenCUNY participants, the Terms of Participation will be voted on by the DSC plenary at the April meeting and approved by a simple majority.
May 2015: The proposed Terms become the new Terms of Participation, and all participants will be notified of this change.

OpenCUNY Survey: Looking Forward!

November 17, 2014 in Event, Feature, Terms of Participation

OpenCUNY is launching its first survey (http://opencuny.org/survey/) and wants to know what you think about the current and future OpenCUNY!

Background:
OpenCUNY was founded in 2008 as a participatory medium. What makes us unique from other digital platforms is that we have a Terms of Participation, not a terms of use. This is not merely a semantic differentiation, but bespeaks the politics of OpenCUNY. OpenCUNY is run by students, for students. Students fund OpenCUNY through student activity fees, and also serve as coordinators and board members and participants (not users!). We are open to the whole Graduate Center community, but we exist primarily for and by students. With great power there must also come great responsibility. We’re launching a survey that asks you to weigh in on your interactions on and with OpenCUNY.

About the Survey:
We’ll be gathering information on basic things like the best way for you all to get in touch with us, which programs use OpenCUNY and which don’t, and what kind of devices you use to access OpenCUNY. This 10 to 15 minute survey will help us to get a sense of where are participants are coming from after 5 years and what their dreams are for the next five: http://opencuny.org/survey/

What we find to be the most important part of this survey is the last set of questions which asks you to define OpenCUNY. We coordinators are constantly being asked what makes OpenCUNY different than other digital platforms. We know how we conceptualize OpenCUNY but we’d like you to tell us how you think of OpenCUNY and what makes it unique!

 Take the survey! (http://opencuny.org/survey/)

Nominations for the 2013-14 OpenCUNY Board

February 20, 2013 in OpenCUNY Board, Terms of Participation

Nominations for the 2013-14 OpenCUNY Board are now open (until February 28th, 11:59 p.m.). To place a nomination, you must be a registered participant of OpenCUNY.org. To nominate yourself or another OpenCUNY participant to the OpenCUNY Board, click the following link to the DSC eBallot nomination site and follow the login instructions:

https://eballot4.votenet.com/dsc/login.cfm

ABOUT THE BOARD: The OpenCUNY Board consists of the two OpenCUNY Coordinators and four elected OpenCUNY participants. The OpenCUNY Board will continue development of the Terms of Participation that defines OpenCUNY.org’s governance policy and any other policies deemed appropriate by the board. The OpenCUNY Board will meet approximately two times a semester. Please consult DSC Bylaw 4.3 for more information on the OpenCUNY Board and our Terms of Participation.

QUESTIONS: info@opencuny.org

Say Hello to Your New 2012-13 OpenCUNY Board

August 23, 2012 in OpenCUNY Board, Terms of Participation

OpenCUNY Board elections were conducted in the spring, and four new Board members have been elected. John, Christina, Jared, and Suzanne join us, the two OpenCUNY Coordinators, in reviewing and continuing development of the Terms of Participation that function as OpenCUNY’s governance document. For more information on how the Board is composed and run, please see the Doctoral Students’ Council Bylaw 4.3.c.

Nominations Open for 2011-12 OpenCUNY Board

October 5, 2011 in OpenCUNY Board, Terms of Participation

Nominations for the 2011-12 OpenCUNY Board are now open (until 10/8). To nominate yourself or another OpenCUNY participant to the Board, please fill out the Nomination Form at

http://opencuny.org/board/nominate/

ABOUT THE BOARD: The OpenCUNY Board ( http://opencuny.org/board/ ) consists of the two OpenCUNY Coordinators and four electedOpenCUNY.org participants. The OpenCUNY Board determines governance policies for OpenCUNY.org. The primary task of the OpenCUNY Board will be to continue development of the Terms of Participation ( http://opencuny.org/terms/ ) that defines OpenCUNY.org’s governance policy and any other policies deemed appropriate by the committee. The OpenCUNY Board will meet approximately two times a semester. Please consult DSC Bylaw 4.3 ( http://cunydsc.org/bylaws#Free_and_Open_Source_Medium ) for more information on the OpenCUNY Board and the Terms of Participation.

QUESTIONS: Contact me or Maggie with any questions or concerns.

Nominations & Elections for 2011-12 OpenCUNY Board

September 23, 2011 in OpenCUNY Board, Terms of Participation

See also opencuny.org/board or contact the OpenCUNY Coordinators for more information. Nominations are now open!

New Terms of Participation

September 8, 2011 in Feature, Terms of Participation

After many months of discussion, voting, more discussion, and then more voting . . . we’re pleased to announce the OpenCUNY Terms of Participation. The Terms of Participation (ToP) are the official governance policy of OpenCUNY.org that all participants must abide by.

The ToP were drafted and unanimously approved by the OpenCUNY Board on 03/24/2011. On 04/15/2011, the draft ToP was approved by a majority of OpenCUNY participants and sent to the DSC Plenary for ratification. On 05/13/2011, the ToP was officially ratified by the DSC Plenary.

The ToP can and will be modified each academic year. Please send any questions, thoughts, or concerns to one of the OpenCUNY Coordinators or a member of the OpenCUNY Board.

Terms of Participation: Vote Now!

April 14, 2011 in OpenCUNY Board, Terms of Participation

The Terms of Participation have now been approved by the OpenCUNY Committee: opencuny.org/terms

At this juncture we are seeking approval from OpenCUNY participants so that we may send these terms on to the DSC Plenary for ratification. If you have concerns about the Terms of Participation as currently drafted, we encourage you to get in touch with either of the OpenCUNY Coordinators, or the OpenCUNY Committee. This is an ongoing process and we will take all concerns into account in the next revision (just as we did with this one).

All current students with an OpenCUNY account are eligible to vote and briefly comment on the Terms of Participation on VoteNet:
https://eballot4.votenet.com/dsc

Voting is currently open and will remain open until noon on Friday, April 15.

Terms of Participation: 1st Draft

March 21, 2011 in OpenCUNY Board, Terms of Participation

The first draft of our Terms of Participation is now available for public viewing: opencuny.org/terms

This draft has not yet been approved by OpenCUNY participants, the OpenCUNY Committee, or the DSC Plenary. We are posting this draft solely for public viewing and participant feedback.

Please send any questions, thoughts, or concerns to the OpenCUNY Coordinators or a member of the OpenCUNY Committee. Your feedback will be incorporated into the next revision of this document, before it is formally submitted to OpenCUNY participants and the DSC Plenary for final approval.

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