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DCMI Membership Programs

You or your organization can participate in DCMI and contribute to its financial well-being through its membership programs:

» Regional Members
» Institutional Members
» Supporting Members
» Individual Members

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Frequently Asked Questions about DCMI membership programs

  1. What rights and responsibilities are shared by Regional Members and Institutional Members? [Answer]
  2. What are the major differences between Regional Members and Institutional Members? [Answer]
  3. How does the Institutional Member category differ from the Supporting Member category? [Answer]
  4. Do Supporting Members participate in DCMI governance? [Answer]
  5. Is it possible for individuals to support DCMI by being "members"? [Answer]
  6. What roles do Regional Members and Institutional Members play in DCMI governance? [Answer]
  7. Is it possible to participate as an individual in DCMI Communities and Task Groups without being an Individual Member? [Answer]

  1. What rights and responsibilities are shared by Regional Members and Institutional Members?

    Both Regional Members and Institutional Members: (a) appoint representatives to the Oversight Committee and actively participate in the governance of DCMI by joining in deliberations and decisions regarding advancement of DCMI's mission, goals and objectives; (b) may conduct DCMI-endorsed regional meetings, and (c) share an ongoing commitment to DCMI membership capacity building.


  2. What are the major differences between Regional Members and Institutional Members?
    The major difference is that a Regional Member officially represents DCMI in its geo-political region or locale of influence while an Institutional Member does not. Through this exclusive representation, Regional Members: (a) initiate and manage DCMI-endorsed programs of national standardization of DCMI specifications; (b) endorse regional education and training in metadata best practices; (c) represent their respective regions in DCMI deliberations and decisions; and (d) conduct DCMI-endorsed regionally meetings. In addition, because of the substantial commitment of Regional Members to carry out representative roles in their respective regions, the membership of Regional Members is in renewable two years terms while the terms of Institutional Members is one year.

  3. How does the Institutional Member category differ from the Supporting Member category?
    Institutional Members and Supporting Members differ in two substantial ways: (a) the Institutional Member category is comprised of non-profit institutions with a commitment to active participation on the Oversight Committee in the advancement of DCMI; and (b) the Supporting Member category is comprised of any private-sector company or organization interested in visibly supporting the work of DCMI and in the other benefits of membership.

  4. Do Supporting Members participate in DCMI governance?
    No. However, Supporting Members have "observer status" in the deliberations of the Oversight Committee.

  5. Is it possible for individuals to support DCMI by being "members"?
    Not yet, but soon! DCMI has created a Individual Member program for individuals that will be launched during the second quarter of 2013. In addition to helping guarantee that DCMI can continue its work through a modest annual membership fee, Individual Members will enjoy discount registrations to DCMI events and pre-publication preview access to certain categories of DCMI content.

  6. What roles do Regional Members and Institutional Members play in DCMI governance?
    Governance includes, but is not limited to: (a) oversight of the activities of the managing executive team and the financial affairs of DCMI; (b) ongoing review of the nature and efficacy of the DCMI Work Themes that provide a general focus and direction to the activities of DCMI; (c) appointment of the executive team members and determination of their terms of office and any remuneration for their services; and (d) creation of Task Groups to address specific matters in DCMI's ongoing management and the execution of its mission, goals and objectives.

  7. Is it possible to participate as an individual in DCMI Communities and Task Groups without being a Individual Member?
    Yes! You are welcome to participate in DCMI Communities and Task Groups without being an Individual Member.

 

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