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The Steering Group provides overall guidance to the project, ensures that the goals of the project are met, and provides strategic guidance and support to the Project Director. A Chair and Vice-Chair shall be elected by the Steering Group annually. The Chair, or the Vice Chair in the Chair’s absence, shall convene meetings, manage agendas, hold votes as needed, and ensure transparency of communication. The Project Director and a DuraSpace staff member serve as ex-officio members of the group in order to provide adequate communication between the team members, the Steering Group, and DuraSpace.

The Steering Group is comprised of nine individuals nominated and elected by the Leadership Group plus two at-large individuals nominated and elected by all members to 3-year terms rotating in three new members each year. The Steering Group provides strategic guidance to the VIVO Project Director, recommends annual budget allocations to the Leadership Group, and is responsible for providing input into the annual DuraSpace Project Director performance review. The group sets the strategic direction for the VIVO Project, subject to approval by the Leadership Group, and raises additional funding and other resources on behalf of the Project as needed.