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I see an additional type of organization that could be considered her: Liaisons.

This type of association is something common inside standardization organizations that have some 
area of common interest and where the work of one organization can impact on the projects developed 
by the other ones (e.g. OASIS and W3C and JTC1 SC 34).

I volunteer to write more about that later, if you believe that this is something useful for us.


-----Original Message-----
From: Sophie Gautier <>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:50:36 
To: <>
Subject: [tdf-discuss] Associations around TDF

Hi all,

Following a meeting in Paris concerning the associations around The
Document Foundation and/or LibreOffice, I would like to work on a
draft examining the different ways the associations will interact.

We have determined three types of association currently existing :

1) Rare and particular case dedicated to a development or a one-time
activity, it has no representation role before TDF or LibreOffice but
interacts and serves the Foundation purpose.
    Example: The Document Machinery which is a NGO under the French
law 1901 dedicated to a particular development.

2) Enterprise or business association (and we are clearly speaking of
associations) which is a more common type than the 1st one. On a case
by case meaning, specific representation could be granted concerning
TDF. In the same way, particular relationship could be defined with
The Document Foundation. There is so many types and so many different
laws that can be taken into account here that it would be very
difficult imho to draw a common set of rules for this type of
relationship, we could however define a checklist or a template that
would help to write the rules. But clearly, the background laying idea
is if the TDF name is involved for raising money, there should be some
fair way for the Foundation to benefit from it.

3) The classical NGOs supporting local communities and activities.
They have no direct representation of TDF (except for FroDev for
historical reason at the moment, but that will be different once the
Foundation is official). Most of the time they need an official
recognition or an endorsement of their activities by TDF. They need
also clear guidelines of what they are able to do and how they
interact with the Foundation or another particular case like 1 or 2
above, or also a particular product (LibreOffice for the moment, but
that can be LOOL, etc.).

Do you see other kind of associations existing or that could exist?
What do you see that could miss in the description of our interaction
with this 3 types of association?
Who would like to work with me on drawing the guidelines for the 3rd
type in a first time, then on the 2nd type.

Kind regards
Founding member of The Document Foundation

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