SiLA-Related Initiatives

A SiLA-related initiative is a collaborative project driven by a subset of SiLA Members or non-Members with some relation to the SiLA standards.  The initiative may be a special implementation or application of the standards.

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Active SiLA-Related Initiatives
 
  • SiLA as Open Source: Mission is to decrease barrier to SiLA adoption by creating open source reference implementations.  For more details, contact Steering Committee leader Ivan Ivanov at ivan.ivanov@promega.com or visit the project page at www.github.com/silaoss.

Available Open Source SiLA Products

  • Pilot Test Site Project: Mission is to create a SiLA testing tool which could be used for independent certification of SiLA drivers.  For more details, contact Steering Committee leader Axel Wechsler at axel.wechsler@ipa.fraunhofer.de.

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General Definition for SiLA-Related Initiatives

The SiLA organization has defined the following framework for SiLA-related Iniatives.

Roles

  • SiLA Management Committee (SMC): Moderate/initiate/stimulate the initiative as a facilitator and offer the SiLA consortium organization and its standards. SiLA’s SMC (particularly the Chief Technical Officer) will ensure that the standards are updated or modified by the respective working groups from feedback produced by the initiative.
  • Initiative Proposer: any SiLA Member or non-Member proposing an initiative
  • Initiative Steering Committee: SiLA Members or non-Members who are responsible to define the mission, scope, technical level goals/actions/priorities, organization and financial plan for the initiative

Proposing an Initiative

Proposals can be submitted to the SMC by any SiLA Member or non-Member.  Proposals can be sent to info@sila-standard.org. Proposals shall contain:

  1. Mission of initiative
  2. Scope
  3. Actions/Priorities including project plan and deliverables
  4. Organization
  5. Financial plan detailing funds to realize the initiative
  6. Minimum number of participants

Approval Process

After submission to and review by the SMC, the initiative will be proposed to SiLA’s Core Members.  The proposal must have at least (1) SiLA Core Member supporting the initiative to be approved.  Once approved, SiLA will facilitate participation by the rest of the SiLA consortium.

Kick-off Meeting

Once the initiative is approved and the minimum number of participants is obtained, SiLA’s SMC will organize the first kick-off meeting with all participants of the Initiative Steering Committee.  The initiative is formally started.

Duties of Steering Committee

  • Mandates a project manager to run the project
  • Is responsible for outcome, deliverables and timelines of the initiative
  • Reports monthly to the SiLA/SMC about the progress to ensure a sound exchange of information into the SiLA community.
  • Provides feedback to improve the standards through the SiLA working groups
  • Reports to SiLA when the initiative is completed; provides a final report.

Duties of SiLA

  • Moderates all active initiatives to ensure that synergies are created where reasonably possible.
  • SiLA will stay apprised of the developments of all initiatives by staying in conversation with the appointed Steering Committee leader.

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