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[SA_Scat] Petition to form an ACA SIG for Best Practices for DataAnalysis and Archiving

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  • Subject: [SA_Scat] Petition to form an ACA SIG for Best Practices for DataAnalysis and Archiving
  • From: <stephen.king@stfc.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:36:07 +0000
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For The Information of the SAS Community at large:


To: Members of the American Crystallographic Association,
The Data Standards and Computing Committee (DSCC) of the ACA met on May 28 at the ACA Annual meeting in New Orleans. The DSCC came to the conclusion that a Special Interest Group (SIG) for Best Practices for Data Analysis and Archiving is needed. We reached this conclusion based on two observations. First, there is currently a major effort in the international community to standardize best practices in data analysis and archival which is redundant to some of the activities of the committee. Second, we see the need for wider community involvement in these best practices. Thus, the DSCC decided that a SIG with sessions and meetings at the annual meeting would better serve the community. Once the SIG is established we can determine the best approach for the interaction of the SIG with the DSCC and the international community. In the end, the DSCC may be the conduit through which the SIG interacts with the IUCr.
Per the ACA bylaws, thirty (e-)signatures are needed to form a SIG. An email response with your name assenting to the creation of the SIG will be sufficient. Please review the petition below to form the Best Practices for Data Analysis and Archiving and let us know if you agree with the creation of the SIG.  Click the link at the bottom of this correspondence to send an email directly to the ACA expressing your support of this Data Analysis and Archiving SIG.
Sincerely,The Data Standards and Computing Committee


American Crystallographic AssociationPetition to form a new Scientific Interest Group:
The Scientific Interest Group on Best Practices for Data Analysis and Archiving of the American Crystallographic AssociationI. NameThe name of this organization shall be The Scientific Interest Group on Best Practices for Data Analysis and Archiving of the American Crystallographic Association.II. PurposeThe purpose of this group of the American Crystallographic Association (hereafter ACA) is to further the advancement of all aspects of the application of Best Practices for Data Analysis and Archiving to structural science and to promote communication between persons interested in such techniques and results.III. Relationship to the American Crystallographic AssociationThe constitution of this organization shall be consistent with the Constitution, By-laws, and Operating Rules of the ACA. In the event of conflict the Constitution, By-laws and Rules of the ACA shall prevail.IV. MembershipMembership in this Group is open to all members of the ACA on application to the Secretary-Treasurer of this Scientific Interest Group and payment of the prescribed dues, if any.V. OrganizationThe activities of this Group shall be administered by an Executive Committee of three officers elected by members of the Group. The officers of the Executive Committee shall be Chair, Chair-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer. It shall be the duty of the Chair to arrange, in cooperation with the ACA Program Chair, the Scientific Interest Sessions on Best Practices for Data Analysis and Archiving for the ACA meetings. The Chair-Elect shall serve in a special advisory capacity to the Chair and shall act in his capacity if for any reason the Chair cannot act. The Chair-Elect shall also serve to represent the Group to the Council of the Association and to be the Group's representative on the Program Committee of ACA meetings. The duties of the Secretary-Treasurer shall include the keeping of minutes of meetings, maintaining the membership list, reporting the activities of interest to the membership, and keeping a record of finances and expenditures of the Group in collaboration with the Treasurer of the ACA. Wherever possible, all notices to the Group shall be circulated along with the Newsletter of the ACA.The term of office for each officer shall be the two calendar years immediately following election. The Chair-Elect automatically succeeds to the Chairpersonship after one year. Thus, a Chair-Elect is elected each year, and a Secretary-Treasurer is elected every two years. Vacant, unexpired terms are filled by appointment by the Executive Committee.The Executive Committee shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three members, none of who may be on the Executive Committee, to nominate candidates for election. The Nominating Committee shall be appointed by March 31st of each year and shall report its nominees to the Secretary-Treasurer by July 31st following. Other candidates may be nominated from the membership by petitions signed by five or more members. No persons may be regularly elected to any office of the Executive Committee for more than two consecutive terms. Elections shall take place at the same time as do ACA elections.VI. ActivitiesThe Executive Committee and the Group may engage in any activities consistent with the ACA Constitution, By-laws, and Operating Rules, which in its opinion further the purposes of the Group. These activities include, but are not restricted to, organizing a Best Practices for Data Analysis and Archiving half-day session, in cooperation with the ACA Program Chair, at least once every two years at an ACA meeting.VII. Elections and VotingAll votes shall be by mail ballot. Votes shall be by a simple majority of those voting, except for votes on amendments to the Constitution (see IX.)VIII. DuesThe Executive Committee may set dues to be charged to members of the group subject to an affirmative vote of the membership and to approval by the ACA Council. Such dues shall be collected and disbursed by the ACA Treasurer.IX. AmendmentsAn amendment to the Constitution may be proposed at any time by a petition signed by 5% of the membership or 7 members, whichever is smaller, or by the Executive Committee. Amendments must be ratified by a 2/3 majority of the members voting. Votes shall be by mail ballot.
American Crystallographic AssociationPetition to form a new Scientific Interest Group:
The Scientific Interest Group on Best Practices for Data Analysis and Archiving of the American Crystallographic Association
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Email ACA to Support the Creation of the Data Analysis and Archiving SIG: mailto:aca@dhcp.hwi.buffalo.edu?subject=Data%20Analysis%20and%20Archiving%20SIG&body=I%20support%20the%20creation%20of%20the%20Data%20Analysis%20and%20Archiving%20SIG%20of%20the%20ACA.%20%20

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