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The Open Group Standards Process

9. Invited Experts and Invited Guests

This section describes the process for managing individuals who participate in a Forum or Work Group as Invited Guests or Invited Experts. It defines the criteria for an individual to be an Invited Guest or Invited Expert, and the process for invitation and appointment.


9.1 Criteria for Invited Guests and Experts

9.1.1 Invited Guest

An Invited Guest:

  • Should possess recognized expertise that a Forum or Work Group needs for a specific activity
  • Can be a prospect for membership
  • Can be from a different category of membership

9.1.2 Invited Expert

An Invited Expert:

  • Must possess recognized expertise that a Forum or Work Group needs for a specific activity
  • Must not be a prospect for membership
  • Must not be one category of member but enjoy the benefits of a higher category by invitation

9.2 Participation of Invited Guests and Invited Experts

A Forum or Work Group Chair may invite an individual with a particular expertise to participate in a Forum or Work Group as an Invited Guest, and the individual may participate as an Invited Guest subject to the following being completed in advance of any participation:

  • The Chair has designated the individual as an Invited Guest.
  • The Open Group VP Membership & Events has agreed with the Chair's choice.
  • The individual has provided a signed non-disclosure agreement, which includes IPR rules, to The Open Group Legal Counsel.

9.2.2 Participation of an Invited Expert

A Forum or Work Group Chair may invite an individual with a particular expertise to participate in a Forum or Work Group as an Invited Expert. This individual may represent an organization in the group (for example, if acting as a liaison with another organization). The individual may participate as an Invited Expert subject to the following being completed in advance of any participation:

  • The Chair has designated the individual as an Invited Expert.
  • The Open Group VP Membership & Events has agreed with the Chair's choice.
  • The individual has provided a signed non-disclosure agreement, which includes IPR rules, to The Open Group Legal Counsel.

Resource: Invited Guest/Invited Expert Non Disclosure Agreement


9.3 Designation of an Invited Guest or Invited Expert

To designate an individual as an Invited Guest or an Invited Expert in a Forum or Work Group, the Chair must inform The Open Group VP Membership & Events and provide rationale for the choice.

If the Chair and The Open Group VP Membership & Events disagree about a designation, The Open Group CEO determines whether the individual will be invited to participate in the Forum or Work Group.

The Chair should not designate as an Invited Expert in a Forum or Work Group an individual who is an employee of an Open Group member.

The Chair must not use Invited Expert status to provide member benefits to non-members.


9.4 Term Limits

An Invited Guest participates in a Forum or Work Group for a single meeting only.

An Invited Expert participates in a Forum or Work Group from the moment the individual joins the group until any of the following occurs:

  • The specific activity is concluded.
  • The Chair or The Open Group CEO withdraws the invitation to participate.
  • The individual resigns.

Last updated: May 2012