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Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIG) are provisional groups that are created to quickly address emerging technical areas. Special Interest Groups will have a life-span of up to three years. They will follow the same composition structure as a Technical Committee and will also function in the same way.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to create a SIG, please send it to the Vice President-Technical Directions, Charlie Bouman at The process is noted below. Click here for a copy of the proposal template.

  1. SIG proposals should contain as much information as possible in support of the Special Inerest Group, such as suggested SIG name, scope, motivation and goals for SIG, example objectives and activities for SIG and membership roster including Chair.
  2. SIG proposals should be submitted to the Vice President-Technical Directions.
  3. The proposal will be reviewed by the Vice President-Technical Directions, who will then seek feedback from the Technical Directions Board.
  4. After feedback has been received, the Vice President-Technical Directions will bring forward a recommendation to the Executive Committee for review and action.
  5. The Executive Committee will then consider the SIG proposal and the Vice President’s recommendation, and may act to approve the creation of the Special Interest Group.
  6. After approval of the Special Interest Group, the Vice President-Technical Directions willl appoint the inaugural Chair of the Special Interest Group, who will become an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Technical Directions Board.
  7. When the term end of the Special Interest Group approaches, the Special Interest Group will be subject to a review by the TC Review Committee to determine if the group should continue to be a Special Interest Group, formally become a Technical Committee or be disbanded. The TC Review Committee Chair will bring forward the Committee’s recommendation to the Board of Governors for review and action.