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You need help or advice to set up a Hydra Samvera Interest Group or a Working Group?  You've come to the right place!

If this page doesn't answer your questions and you still need help, then you might want to

...but please read the relevant bits of this page first!

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Working groups are the main working vehicle within the Hydra Samvera Community and may stand alone or be born out of existing Working Groups or Interest Groups.  They are created to perform specific tasks in a defined realm and timescale, thereby allowing collaborative work to flourish in a structured environment.

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Working groups should be able to be convened with a minimum of effort, while allowing participants to understand what they are signing up for. The group should emerge naturally from discussions and needs within the community, while not penalizing individuals or organizations that were not part of those initial discussions.  Using existing channels, such as interest groups, participants in discussions that show promise of inter-institutional convergence and the possibility of joint development work should document the shared needs and requirements.  This documentation should be more persistent and visible than an email thread, but need not be overly formal.  The preferred method is a maintained page within the Hydra Samvera wiki using the template provided there, otherwise a publicly shared document linked from the wiki is sufficient.

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This document, henceforth the charter, provides the definition of the working group and its deliverables.  It is not a contract and may be changed with the consensus of the members of the working group at any time, however significant changes such as a 6 month or more delay in timeframes, the abandonment of a deliverable, or the change in the overall scope of the work should be announced to the Hydra community Samvera Community via the regular channels.

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All members of a working group producing code must be licensed Hydra Samvera contributors covered by the appropriate CLAs, otherwise members must agree that textual materials may be released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  This is to ensure that the deliverables of the group are unencumbered by intellectual property restrictions.  Participants meeting these requirements may join at any time, without any prior approval process: the gateway is activity, not reputation.

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