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== Current Elections ==
== Current Elections ==
There are no current elections.
Typically, the Foundation holds elections every year for the Project Lead and IC seats.  However, we will be keeping the current leadership in place until 2016.
== Purpose ==
== Purpose ==

Revision as of 11:02, 19 March 2015

Current Elections

Typically, the Foundation holds elections every year for the Project Lead and IC seats. However, we will be keeping the current leadership in place until 2016.


The Open Compute Foundation’s [Board of Directors] charters the Open Compute Projects, appoints the initial Project Committee chairs (PCC) (or project leads).

The OCP Community requires a standard by which the project communities can govern themselves with oversight from the OCP Foundation and its employees.

Project Leads are elected by the community for a period of 1 year. 7 (seven) Incubation Committee seats will be elected for a term of one year.

No 1 (one) company can have more than 3 people* in a position of leadership at any one given time and no 1 (one) person can hold more than 1 position of leadership within the community. (Leadership positions are defined as Board Seat, Incubation Committee Seat, Project Lead position and the leader of an approved OCP Regional Community)

  • these seats are dependent on membership level some restrictions apply.


Project Leads

PCC/Project Leads will be elected for a term of one (1) year.

* August 2014 - July 2015

Incubation Committee

The Chair and Vice Chair positions on the IC will continue to be appointed positions. The OCP Foundation Board will appointed these positions and are excluded from leadership limits.

The remaining 7 seats will be elected positions for 1 year terms

  • April through March

Who is eligible?

As of 20 March 2014 - To be eligible to serve as a project lead the following must apply:

Project Leads

  • All OCP Individual and Corporate Members are eligible to become an OCP Project Lead.


  • Individual must belong to a Silver, Gold or Platinum Corporate Member organization

Limitations included:

  • Silver Members can hold no more than 1 leadership position at any given point in time.
  • Gold Members can hold no more than 2 leadership positions at any given point in time.
  • Platinum Members can hold no more than 3 leadership positions at any given point in time.
  • No one person can hold more than one leadership position at any given point in time.
  • Organizations can only hold one seat at a time on each individual governing body at a time and for those organizations who can hold more than one position leadership these positions would be need to be split across the governing bodies.

(Example - Platinum members with 3 positions could potentially have someone on the Board, The IC, and as a Project Lead, but could not have 2 positions on any one governing body. The only exception would be for a project lead spot and in that case 2 members of an organization could be project leads but would have to co-lead with an individual of a qualifying member organization. In this case a project co-lead counts as .5 persons, but 2 people from the same organization can not lead a project together or lead 2 of the project teams individually)

Please note:

Leadership position is defined as-Project Lead, Incubation Committee Seat (excludes Chair and Vice Chair), Board of Directors and leaders of approved Regional OCP Communities (effective 1 Sep 2014) Leadership positions are not appointed or given to individuals or organizations based on their membership level, but must go through the nomination and election process. The limitations for the number of leaders per organization is based on membership levels.

How does nominations work?

When the nomination phase opens up a webform link will be included. Just open the link and answer the questions. The webform will not be available until that phase of the election is open.

Who can vote?

Project Leads

Anyone who is a member (either individual or corporate) of the project along with the OCP Board.

To be considered an individal member of the project you must create a profile and sign the membership agreement.

You can login using your open ID or by creating a new profile. The email you use on your profile is the one your voting key will be sent to. Please make sure to keep your profile email up to date.

If your organization is already an OCP member then please sign the individual membership agreement and build your profile using your organizational email address. IMPORTANT - Your corporate membership agreement will take precedence over the individual one.

Your profile must be created one week prior to the election.

To create your profile go to: http://www.opencompute.org//Security/login?BackURL=/account/

Exceptions: To be fair to all organizations and individuals no one organization can have more than 10% of the total vote.


To vote in an IC election your company must be a Silver, Gold or Platinum Member.

Based on your companies membership level you will be given a number of voting keys per company. Silver members will receive 1 key; Gold members will receive 2 keys; Platinum will receive 3 keys.

Those voting must also create a membership profile. Please note that the company membership takes priority over the individual one.

More information on the voting process for the IC can be found at: http://www.opencompute.org/wiki/Governance/ICVoting

Special Circumstances

In the event a PCC/Project Lead resigns from their position prior to the end of the term, that individual, if possible should give the Amber Graner the names of two people that would be interested in leading the project in the interim period. The project community will vote on the interim project lead.

* Storage Project Special Elections

Past Elections

* January - June 2014 - Project Lead elections - http://www.opencompute.org/wiki/Governance/ProjectLeadElectionsJan2014

Upcoming Election Timelines

IC Elections

June 2014 - May 2015 - Elections

- 10 Mar 2014 - Call for Nominations Starts
-  2  May 2014 - Call for Nominations Ends
-  5  May Begin Verification Process
-  28  May 2014 - Publish list 
-  28  May 2014 - Testimonial Phase Starts
-  6  June 2014 - Testimonial Phase Ends
-  9  June 2014 - Voting Phase Begins
-  27 June 2014 - Voting Phase Ends
-  30 June  2014 - New IC Announced       
Updated: Based on the Tiered membership announcement --Admin (talk) 14:48, 23 April 2014 (CDT)
Updated: We are verifying all member contributions.  Adjusted timeline --Admin (talk) 09:46, 31 March 2014 (CDT)
Updated: Needed Tiered Membership to be rolled out completely before this election can take place.  - --Admin (talk) 13:47, 10 February 2014 (CST)
Updated: Tiered Membership details will be finalized on 21 March.  Due to the delay we have extended the nomination phase. --Admin (talk) 10:58, 20 March 2014 (CDT)
Updated: Verifying membership levels of all nominees

Project Leads

August 2014 - July 2015 Elections

- 7 July 2014 - Call for Nominations Starts
- 18 July 2014 - Call for Nominations Ends
- 21 July 2014 - Publish list 
- 22 July 2014 -  Testimonial Phase Starts
- 5 August 2014 - Testimonial Phase Ends
- 7 August 2014  - Voting Phase Begins
- 21 August 2014 - Voting Phase Ends
- 22 August 2014 - New Leads Announced

Voting Tool: Condercet Internet Voting Service (CIVS)

CIVS is a free Internet voting service that makes it easy to conduct polls. Each voter ranks a set of possible choices. Individual voter rankings are combined into an anonymous overall ranking of the choices.

More information can be found at: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/andru/civs.html