FHISO Board Meeting held 1 August 2017 at 1800 UTC

The meeting was held by private Google Hangout

Present:  Tony Proctor — Vice Chair; Roger Moffat — Secretary; Andrew Hatchett — Membership Coordinator; Luther Tychonievich — Technical Coordinator; Richard Smith — Technical Co-Coordinator.

Apology for absence from: Drew Smith — Chair

Absent: Greg Lamberson — Treasurer; Brett McPhee — Membership Coordinator.

  1. Minutes of 13 June 2017 meeting Approved as posted online.
  2. Legal Status. Drew Smith will provide an update on the legal status within a week.
  3. Finance. The PayPal account has a balance of $44.82 and the Bank of America has a balance of $726.81. Roger has not yet completed the summary of income and expenditure from the bank statements.
  4. Regional Diversity. Richard raised a question about the section 8.4 of the by-laws that says that certain officers will preferably be from different regions. Was this intended to make people in the same region to be excluded from office? It was agreed it was intended only as advice for the membership to consider during elections. Luther proposed and board voted on the following
    • Add the following to the end of §15.4: “The ballot shall also include a statement encouraging members to consider both individual qualifications for the position and increasing the diversity of the board.”
    • Delete the whole of §8.4.
    • All Present voted Aye
  5. Draft Standards. Two draft standards were published on 29 June: Citation Elements: General Concepts and Citation Elements: Bindings for RDFa. They have received some useful feedback that is being incorporated into the next batch of revised drafts that will be published soon. The next priorities will be the Citation Elements: Bindings for GEDCOM X, and Extended Legacy Format (ELF) drafts.
  6. Meeting Software. Andy has purchased Zoom software that allows for online meetings of up to 100 people and 25 participating. That may be helpful to us going forward, but right now Google Hangouts seems to be working OK.
  7. Membership. Andy will check that all membership had been updated to expire at 31 December 2018 as discussed at the 23 June 2017 Board Meeting – it seems that the bulk change may not have been applied to all memberships.
  8. Next Meeting. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 12 September 2017 at 18:00 (UTC)

Meeting ended at 1900 UTC

Submitted by Roger Moffat