ASAM provides a platform with minimum overhead to efficiently develop useful standards.
The ASAM Membership is the very heart of the ASAM Organization. The Membership is called upon to democratically vote on the future direction of the organization. These votes take place at the ASAM General Assembly which is convened at minimum once a year.
The ASAM Board of Directors is responsible for defining the strategy and future direction of ASAM. The Board is the highest escalation level in the business operations of ASAM.
The Technical Steering Committee (TSC) is made up from ten elected representatives by the ASAM membership. This committee provides oversight on all technical matters andstandard development projects. The committee defines the ASAM standards development process, ensures cross- standard harmonization, avoids redundancies and controls the budgets of standard development projects. The TSC approves project proposals, monitors project progress and releases standards through regularly scheduled meetings.
Project Groups develop and maintain the standards. ASAM member companies can send their technical experts to project groups for active participation. It is expected that experts bring in their use-cases, requirements, technical concepts and proposals for solution. In regular project meetings, the input is presented, consolidated and a consensus is reached about what shall actually become the Current Projectsstandard. Many groups use a paid service provider, who actually implements all decsions of the project group, e.g. writing of the standard, developing data models or creating other supplementary artifacts such as schema files or examples. The project group members review the standard deliverables and vote on their technical release.
The central coordination and support role comes from the ASAM Office in Europe. The office organizes the General Assembly, Board- and ASAM in PersonTSC-meetings, executes their decisions, and carries out all administrative tasks of a membership organization. The office actively supports members to bring in new ideas for standardization and help through the process from proposal to release. To support its active project groups, the office maintains an IT and communication infrastructure, provides budgets, finds suitable service providers, and carries out worldwide marketing and distribution for the standards. In 2015, ASAM has opened a regional office in Japan to provide the same level of support there than in Europe.
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