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2020-07-13 charter

Stay Home Meet Only Online (shmoo)
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 Charter

 Current Status: Active

 Chairs:
     Amelia Andersdotter <amelia.ietf@andersdotter.cc>
     Suresh Krishnan <suresh.krishnan@gmail.com>

 General Area Directors:
     Alissa Cooper <alissa@cooperw.in>

 General Area Advisor:
     Alissa Cooper <alissa@cooperw.in>

 Mailing Lists:
     General Discussion: manycouches@ietf.org
     To Subscribe:       https://www.ietf.org/mailman/listinfo/manycouches
     Archive:            https://mailarchive.ietf.org/arch/browse/manycouches/

Description of Working Group:

  The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the IETF's typical schedule of three
  in-person meetings per year. It has caused the IETF to have to convert
  previously scheduled in-person meetings into fully online meetings. Although
  it is the first time the IETF's meeting schedule has been disrupted, it is
  possible that other crises could cause similar disruptions in the future.
  Even in the absence of the pandemic, discussions about the possibility of
  fully online meetings had been occurring in the IETF community for years as a
  result of general increases in remote attendance, improvements in web
  conferencing services, concerns about the environmental impact of travel, and
  other reasons.

  The meeting planning activities that the IESG and the IETF LLC engage in
  would benefit from IETF community consensus guidance concerning novel aspects
  raised by these developments. The SHMOO working group is therefore chartered
  to document high-level guidance and principles to the IESG and the IETF LLC.
  The guidance and principles will concern the following:

  - Determinations of when a previously scheduled in-person meeting should be
  canceled and replaced with a fully online meeting. Similar to how RFC 8718
  establishes community principles and guidance for the selection of meeting
  venues, the IESG and the LLC would benefit from community consensus
  guidelines about which factors to consider when deciding to cancel or replace
  an in-person meeting and the relative importance of those factors. This work
  item is expected to be fulfilled with the publication of a BCP.

  - Meeting planning in the event that a previously scheduled in-person meeting
  needs to be canceled and replaced with a fully online meeting. Similar to how
  RFC 8719 establishes guidance for the regional rotation of in-person
  meetings, the IESG and the LLC would benefit from having community consensus
  guidelines about the time zone selection, meeting length in days, and other
  high-level scheduling aspects when an in-person meeting must be canceled.
  This work item is expected to be fulfilled with the publication of one or
  more BCPs.

  - Functional requirements for the technologies the IETF uses to support fully
  online meetings. This work item is expected to be fulfilled with one or more
  informational RFCs.

  - Determinations about the meeting fee for fully online meetings. Since
  remote participation in in-person meetings has historically been at zero cost
  to participants, LLC and IESG decisions about meeting fees for fully online
  meetings need to be informed by community consensus guidelines about whether
  and how to set a registration fee for fully online meetings. This work item
  is expected to be fulfilled with the publication of one or more informational
  RFCs. Suggestions for changing the IETF's overall funding model are out of
  scope.

  - The cadence of meeting scheduling and the mix of in-person versus fully
  online meetings going forward once the disruptions caused by the pandemic
  have subsided. The working group is expected to document the expected future
  meeting cadence as a BCP if consensus emerges to depart from the existing
  cadence of three in-person meetings per year. Notably, any such guidance will
  not become actionable until 3-4 years after it achieves consensus, given the
  length of the IETF meeting planning cycle. The working group will not
  progress this work item until it has requested publication for all of its
  meeting cancellation-related work items.

  The work of SHMOO is expected to produce high-level principles, not detailed
  operational plans. Specifications of details concerning cancellation
  criteria, meeting technologies, and online meeting agenda formats and content
  are out of scope. Aside from the fourth work item above, discussion of
  financial aspects of IETF meetings and changes to RFC 8713 are both out of
  scope. The goal is to produce guidelines for the IESG and the IETF LLC to
  operationalize while ensuring they have substantial flexibility to continue
  to deliver and evolve the IETF meeting experience to best serve IETF
  participants and the Internet community at large.

  The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may have been mitigated by
  the time this group completes its work, but the experience of handling
  meeting planning during the pandemic has proven that having community
  consensus guidance at hand when dealing with novel conditions in the future
  would be beneficial.

Goals and Milestones:
  Dec 2020 - Adopt draft for High level guidelines for evaluating cancellation/replacement of in-person meetings
  Dec 2020 - Adopt draft for Meeting planning guidelines for replacement online meetings
  Dec 2020 - Adopt Guidelines for determining meeting fees for fully online meetings
  Dec 2020 - Adopt draft(s) specifying Technology requirements for fully online meetings


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