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CoG Governance Overview

A link to the complete CoG Governance Plan is here:
https://earthsystemcog.org/site_media/projects/...

Earth System CoG governance can be grouped into executive and operational functions. Executive functions include strategic planning, setting project metrics, and managing programmatic and community relationships. Operational functions include task prioritization, user support, collection of metrics, and the management of releases, software implementation, deployment, and testing.
Executive bodies include the Steering Committee (SC) and the Executive Committee (EC). The Steering Committee is comprised of project sponsors and addresses programmatic matters. The Executive Committee is responsible for defining the overall direction of the project and ensuring the proper functioning of the project organization. Steering Committee and Executive Committees are expected to convene 1-2 times per year.

Operational bodies include the User Review Group (URG), Change Review Board (CRB), and the CoG Core Team. The User Review Group participates in monthly demonstrations of the evolving software and provides feedback on its design, implementation, and behavior, which is captured in tickets. On a quarterly basis, the Change Review Board reviews and prioritizes tickets that have major impact or are expected to take longer than a week, and sets development schedules. The core team is responsible for user support, coordinating design discussions and reviews, implementation of software following the project schedule, software deployment, and testing.

The Steering Committee determined that the same body of people will initially function as both the Executive Committee and the Change Review Board.

* Release schedules: https://www.earthsystemcog.org/projects/cog/rel...
* Prioritization Spreadsheets: https://www.earthsystemcog.org/projects/cog/pri...
* Release notes and known bugs: https://www.earthsystemcog.org/projects/cog/dow...

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