WWW Virtual Library Bylaws
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Art. I: Membership
Membership will be open to any person or entity maintaining a comprehensive
and annotated catalog of best on-line resources available for a specific
Membership will only be granted to persons or entities willing to avoid
unnecessary replication of other people's on-line work and to further the
Applications for membership of the VL shall be submitted (by sending an email
message indicating the URL of the document that would potentially be included
in the WWWVL) in the first instance to the secretary, who will determine
whether the applicant complies with agreed-upon requirements. The secretary
reject an application, subject to appeal by the applicant to the full council
(see Art. I.4.b).
inform the applicant of errors or inadequacies in the application and request
that the site be amended and resubmitted.
pass the application to the council, with a recommendation that it be approved,
or request debate on any aspect of the application. If the recommendation
is for approval, the council will have one week to register an objection
before the application is sent to the full membership for approval. If objections
are raised, the council will vote on the application within one month; a
simple majority is required to either reject the application or send the
application to the full membership. An objection can only be raised by a
member of the WWWVL.
A candidate whose application has been rejected without a vote from the
membership and who wants to appeal to the membership needs to find a member
willing to relay his/her appeal to the wwwvlannounce mailing list. As soon
as the appeal has been relayed, the council will start a vote for the membership
to accept or reject the application. The result of the vote by the membership
will be final.
Once approved by the council, the new site shall be given a trial membership,
added to the database and catalog, and announced on the
Members shall have one month to raise objections or propose changes to the
new site, to which the applicant must respond. If no objections are raised
within one month, the applicant shall be made a full VL member.
If objections are raised, the applicant can make changes to the proposed
VL entry to get the objections removed by those who raised them. If any objection
is maintained after the one month period, or at least for two weeks after
it has been raised, whichever comes last, the council shall put the application
to a vote of the full membership.
The council shall have the right to recommend that a site's membership of
the VL be terminated. The recommendation will be announced on the wwwvlannounce
mailing list and, if an objection is raised by any member in good standing,
including the member about to be expelled, within the four weeks that follow
the announcement, a vote shall be organized to decide on the matter. If no
objection is raised, or if the vote recommends termination, the council shall
remove that member from the membership list.
Members shall have the right to remove any of their sites that are listed
in the WWWVL catalogue, at any time, without any restrictions. Members who
withdraw all their sites from the WWWVL catalogue will have their membership
Art. II. Decisions on implementing the Constitution, Bylaws or any rules
or Code made under them.
If the Council becomes aware of a suspected breach of the Constitution, Bylaws
or any rules or Code made under them by a member or a member site, it shall
appoint a Reporting Officer (RO). The RO shall write to the member in question
detailing the perceived breach and inviting the member's response. The RO
and the member will work together to try and resolve any problem amicably
and constructively. If the matter is in the RO's opinion resolved satisfactorily,
he will report this to the Council forthwith. If after three weeks the RO
and the member have failed to agree a solution and/or if an agreed solution
has failed to be implemented, the RO shall advise the member that the Council
shall be asked to decide on the matter. The RO will draw up a report for
the Council. This will be copied to the member who will have ten days to
submit a response to the matter or matters in the report. The Council may
that there has been no breach
that there has been a breach
In the latter case,
it may request the member to take the action detailed in the RO's report,
it may request the member to take such other action as Council may determine,
it may decide to take no action other than notifying the member of its findings
and observations, or,
it may immediately suspend a member from membership.
Any requested action must be implemented within seven days, after which period
the Council will decide whether there remains a breach and if so it will
decide as above.
In the case of a dispute between two (or more) members who cover the same
subject matter, the RO shall attempt to mediate between the two parties.
If the RO believes that the mediation attempt has failed, the RO shall make
a report to the Council. Both (or all) members involved will be sent a copy
of the report and invited to submit their responses, which having been submitted
will be copied to the other party. The Council will then decide on the matter.
The Council may decide that there are grounds for expulsion, the council
shall send a last warning to the infringing member. If the member site does
not comply with the ruling within one month of being informed of it, the
council will pronounce the expulsion. The Council may otherwise decide to
submit the expulsion to the vote of the membership.
The council may also impose temporary sanctions, including but not limited
to: removal of the site from the catalogue until the site is in compliance
with council rulings, or suspension of privileges to post to the mailing
lists or to use common member services.
A member may appeal a ruling by submitting an initiative proposal (Art. VIII
of the WWWVL constitution), within two months of the ruling. If the member
has been expelled, that member must contact a current member to submit the
initiative, and shall then be invited by the council to be temporarily added
to the WWWVL list to be able to
debate the issue.
The council is empowered to take appropriate action to defend the integrity
of the WWWVL, in cases where a former members is continuing to display the
WWWVL name or logo, or any other unauthorised use of the name and logo.
If a member wishes to challenge the result of a vote, that member can do
so by sending a message to the wwwvl
mailing list. The council shall then point out the URL where the votes
are listed and shall require the "challenger" to indicate which listed votes
are incorrect and to publicly (i.e. on the
wwwvl mailing list) provide the
proof thereof. Based on the challenger's information and the opinion expressed
by the other members, the council shall decide whether to accept the challenger's
arguments and to update the results accordingly, or to reject the challenger's
arguments. The council's decision shall be expressed publicly (i.e. on the
wwwvl mailing list) and shall
be considered final.
Art. III. Arbitration
Any disputes arising with respect to or in connection with the Constitution,
Bylaws or any rules or Code made under them shall be finally decided by one
or more arbitrators in accordance with the Rules of arbitration of the Chamber
of Commerce and Industry of Geneva. Unless otherwise agreed, the language
of the arbitration shall be English. Notwithstanding the generality of the
above, the following disputes are specifically covered by this article:
any dispute between a member and the WWWVL, or vice versa,
any dispute between a former member and the WWWVL, or vice versa,
any dispute between a body applying for membership and the WWWVL, or vice
any dispute between two or more members (whether current, former or those
applying for membership) that relates to the WWW Virtual Library project.
Last update: Aug. 9, 2000 at 19:12 (GMT+1:00) (the US east coast is GMT-5:00,
i.e. 6 hours earlier)
(Links, style and html-coding updated during the first quarter of 2005. Wording remains unaltered.)
March 14th 2005: Title ('h1') corrected to "Bylaws" (had read "Constitution", the 'head-title' remains as
before). (Hyperlink added to the actual
Constitution, but that does not form part of the formal wording of the Bylaws.)